As we transition further into spring, are you experiencing a runny nose, itchy eyes or increased frequency of sneezing?
What is allergy?
An allergic reaction happens when our immune system mistakes a harmless substance for an invader. This could be in response to a range of allergens that are harmless, but the immune system reacts as if it were an invader, releasing histamine and causing symptoms. The symptoms experienced range from mild and tolerable, to dangerous and life threatening.
Most allergic reactions are mild such as watery or itchy eyes, sneezing, runny nose or itchy skin. Rashes and hives can also develop on the skin. The most severe allergic reaction is anaphylaxis which is extremely dangerous and can cause death. These are commonly anaphylaxis allergies to tree nuts, shellfish or bee stings.
Common allergens include:
Why test for allergens?
Finding out what you’re allergic to is an important part of allergy management. A skin prick test is an allergy test used to diagnose which type of allergens (allergic substances) are responsible for triggering your allergy symptoms. It can also ease your mind during this pandemic to assure you are otherwise healthy.
Book in for an allergy check with us today and consult with your doctor about how to best manage your allergies.
Dr. Kelvin Hon is available by appointment for skin prick allergy testing. To make an appointment click here.