Allergens add up to symptoms

An allergic symptom can appear when being exposed to a specific allergen; but may be the combined result of other underlying allergies. Case history rarely tells the whole story. Before deciding on what measures to take, it is essential to get the complete picture to understand the underlying disease process.

Is it one or several allergens that trigger the symptoms?

Identifying the obvious allergen is not always enough e.g. pollen during pollen season. Identifying all relevant allergens that together contribute to the symptoms is a prerequisite for giving comprehensive allergen avoidance advice and thereby pushes the patient below the symptom threshold.

  • 80 % of allergy patients are polysensitized, i.e. allergic to more than one allergen
  • Today’s average primary care patient is sensitized to three or more allergens

ImmunoCAP blood test, an aid in identifying the relevant allergens

In general, allergens to which a patient is exposed will dictate what to test for. Additional parameters to consider are the patient’s age, type of symptoms, home environment (pets, hobbies, etc.) and where the patients live geographically.

The pre-specified ImmunoCAP allergen panels are composed by a selection of relevant allergens for specific symptoms. These panels are an aid in identifying the offending allergen or allergens so comprehensive avoidance advice and treatment can be targeted more accurately. Consequently, patients well-being can be improved.

 

As in all diagnostic testing, the diagnosis is made by the physican based on both test results and the patient history.