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Allergy Testing

Allergy testing is the procedure used to determine which particular substances (called allergens) are responsible for causing an allergic reaction. Allergy testing would rarely be conducted on athletes, though it can be useful as part of their health screening. Allergy tests would usually be conducted after symptoms are noted. The symptoms of allergies may include the following: skin rashes, swelling, sneezing and running nose, red and itchy eyes, asthma, nausea and vomiting, and the severe allergic reaction - anaphylaxis.

equipment required: appropriate blood testing equipment, patches or diets - often specific for the allergies to be tested.

procedure: Allergy tests must be performed by a qualified health professional who can then treat any allergic reactions if found. The testing procedure used depends on the type of allergy, but may include skin and blood tests or special diets.

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Treatment: may include permanent dietary changes, avoidance of allergens, or desensitization (vaccination) treatment.

Comments: Allergic reactions can be life threatening. You should see a medical practitioner if you have any concerns.

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