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Paper advertisements based blood allergy tests

If you visit a pathology lab for getting diagnosed your diabetes, blood pressure, fever or other health related issues then definitely you should continue.

Ideally you visit a doctor who after listening your symptoms, examined you and advises tests accordingly. You get tested at a pathology lab and meet your doctor with reports. Doctor prescribes medicines correlating your symptoms and reports clinically. An ideal doctor never treats symptoms or reports!

Same way you should visit your nearest allergy doctor for allergy related symptoms who will ask you specific tests according to need. Remember there are different types of allergy tests with different allergens like

1. Skin prick test

2. Specific IgE tests

3. Skin patch tests

4. Intradermal tests

5. Oral challenge tests

6. Prick to prick tests.

Few of these tests can only be performed by a qualified allergist not in a normal lab setting.

Then there are different methods or machines for blood allergy tests.

Immunocap method by phadia is one of the most accepted method world wide but it’s little costly when compared with other acceptable machines like EuroImmune etc.

still blood allergy tests are always costlier when compared with skin prick tests.

Both the tests have their own pro and cons. Both are supplementary to each other not substitutes. Often your allergist will need both.

Contra-indications for Skin prick test:

Patient on anti histamines, pregnancy, beta blockers, few anti psychotic drugs, Un cooperative patients like children.

Average cost of blood allergy tests:

In range of

1500 each, cheaper when done in bulk like 3500 for three allergens, 6500 for ten allergens. It will go in lacs if you blindly check for 100s of allergens. So blood allergy tests are often not advised blindly. Your allergist doctor has to pin point either by history or skin prick test, and if any confusion they will ask you for a small panel or particular allergen.

You should be aware of fake allergy tests going around in market on the basis of full page advertisements in news papers. They will promise a panel of 100s of allergens at a throw away unbelievable price. Like rs 5000 for 100 allergens, it’s impossible to do so by any scientifically accepted machine present in india or abroad.

There are cases where such fake tests were reported, warnings given, forced to return money.

So consult your allergist doctor who specialises in allergy asthma and other allergic diseases before putting your hard earned money in a lab.

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