How At-Home Allergy Tests Work
If you suffer from allergies, you may need an allergy test to determine what you are allergic to. Testing is important because when you know your allergies, it can be easier for you to find a treatment that works.
The traditional test to determine your allergies is a skin-prick test. These tests are administered in an allergist’s office. An allergy specialist places different allergen serums on your back, then pricks the skin beneath each serum. If the patient has an allergy, a hive develops.
While this test is effective, it is uncomfortable and time-consuming. At-home allergy tests use modern techniques to identify the most common environmental allergens, from dust mites to grass pollens.
What Are At-Home Allergy Tests?
At-home allergy tests, like those available from Wyndly, test for allergen-specific IgE, an antibody that develops when the immune system overreacts to a substance in the environment.
These allergy tests require only one prick and a few drops of blood and can be easily administered from home.
Do At-Home Allergy Tests Work?
At-home allergy tests do work! These tests are certified by the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA). CLIA certification verifies clinical quality and efficacy, allowing patients to trust the results.
How to Test for Allergies at Home
When you order an at-home allergy test from Wyndly, we ship a kit directly to your door. With easy-to-follow instructions, you can quickly complete the test. Using a technique called dry blood spot testing, utilize the provided lancet to administer a single finger prick, then apply a few drops of blood onto a sample card. This card preserves the blood so it can be laboratory tested.
Return the sample card in the provided envelope. Once your results are in, one of our allergy doctors will meet with you to go over your results and create a personalized treatment plan for you.
What Happens After an Allergy Test?
During your consultation with a Wyndly allergy specialist, the doctor discusses your treatment options. Depending on the severity of your symptoms, the allergist may recommend sublingual immunotherapy.
Unlike over-the-counter antihistamines, sublingual immunotherapy addresses the underlying causes of your allergy symptoms. Immunotherapy is the only allergy treatment available offering long-lasting results by retraining your immune system to stop responding to allergens.
Through repeated exposure to trace amounts of allergens, your immune system becomes desensitized to the allergen and, eventually, stops responding when exposed. This exposure can occur through either allergy drops or tablets.
Sublingual immunotherapy is just as effective as allergy shots. While allergy injections must be given in an allergist’s office, you can take sublingual immunotherapy from the convenience of home!
Take Our Allergy Assessment
Want to know more about at-home allergy testing? Interested in seeing if you may be a candidate for sublingual immunotherapy? Take our two-minute assessment today! There’s no reason to wait. With Wyndly, you could be living a life free from allergy symptoms before you know it!
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