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Allergy Testing: What Are You Allergic To? – Dr. Paul Sharkey

Posted By Paul Gleiser On February 24, 2013 @ 10:52 am In Allergies | Comments Disabled

Foods, things in the workplace, things in the air, medicines — they can all cause our bodies to have a reaction that can range from bothersome to life-threatening. Knowing what things in your environment cause you to have an allergic reaction can help you live more comfortably and avoid more serious health complications. Allergy and immunology expert Dr. Paul Sharkey talks about the importance of allergy testing in this post to HealthConnection.TV.

What happens physically to a person’s body when he or she is allergic to something? (first question)

How do you make the determination that someone needs allergy testing? (skip to 1:30)

What types of allergies do you typically test for? (skip to 2:33)

How do you do a skin test for allergies? (skip to 3:57)

During skin testing, what are you looking for in order to determine that a person has an allergy to something? (skip to 6:34)

What is the difference between a skin test and a blood test for identifying what a person is allergic to? (skip to 7:31)

Is there a difference in how you test for things like trees, grass, weeds, mold or pet dander and how you test for food allergies? (skip to 8:29)

How accurate is allergy testing? (skip to 9:52)

Are there risks associated with skin testing for allergies? (skip to 10:37)

Why is allergy testing important? (skip to 11:19)

At one time, allergies to foods such as peanuts were not all common. Now, peanut and other food allergies seem much more prevalent. Why is this so? (skip to 12:37)


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