Preparing for allergy season

Spring is on our doorstep.

Soon we will witness spring showers upon cherry blossoms and vibrant rainbows caused by small pockets of sunlight. It should be the best time of the year, however for many of us, it is the calm before a storm of misery and endless stacks of tissues.

Allergy attacks are all too common and can really put a damper on a great day. The first step to prevent an allergy attack is to know exactly what you’re allergic to.

There are a few different types of allergy tests you can take:

“Skin test could be done by a plastic applicators or with needles. A drop of an allergen extract is pricked into the skin and, within 15–18 min., a localized hive will emerge if you are allergic to the extract in question. The reaction will subside in 40–60 minutes.” — Dr. Eli Silver

The benefits of knowing what you are allergic to allow you to either prepare for planned encounters with the allergens or avoid them completely. The tests are quick and easy, so not knowing isn’t an excuse.

You can also take a blood test to learn more about your allergies:

“Blood tests are done by a regular lab. Antibodies to suspected allergens (things that cause allergies) are identified in the serum (the watery part of the blood).” — Dr. Robert Kwok

Of course, not everyone enjoys blood tests, so it’s up to you what you decide to choose. You can always engage in a virtual consult with a doctor for any general answers about your allergies. If you know you’re prone to spring allergies, book your allergy test today!

Author: Maya Gilliss-Chapman

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