Can I really do an allergy blood test at home?
Yes! We've made allergy testing at home simple with the Home Allergy Test. Our easy to use, home-to-lab allergy testing kit lets you discover your body’s reaction to 294 allergens. Everything you need is included in the test kit to collect a small sample of blood and send to our partner lab for analysis. We've even included a pre-paid envelope for you to post your blood sample to the laboratory. Once the laboratory technicians have done everything they need to do, you'll be able to access your detailed results in your online account. This is usually within 14 days of posting your blood sample.
No need to wait for an allergy blood test appointment at your doctor's surgery, order your Home Allergy Test online today.
How can I test myself for allergies?
The Home Allergy Test leaves the sciency bit up to the experts at our partner laboratory. They do all the allergy testing and analysis for you using precise technology. The only technical bit you need to do is to collect the small sample of your blood. It's not as daunting as it sounds. The test kit contains two sterile lancets that quickly and easily pierce your fingertip. It feels not much more than a skin prick. The allergy testing kit includes a step-by-step instruction guide. And you can also watch our how-to video.
Your test results go through rigorous quality checks to make sure the data you receive is an accurate reflection of your sensitisation to the allergens your blood has been tested against.
Good to know about allergy testing
If you find yourself wondering whether you have allergies then our Home Allergy Test may help you find the answer. The test kit can help pinpoint the trigger for your allergy symptoms.
Living with allergy symptoms can be debilitating and, in some people, severe allergies can even be life-threatening. Despite this, many people with allergic reaction symptoms haven’t sought a diagnosis from a doctor. And even fewer people know what might be triggering these allergic reactions.
The Home Allergy Test analyses your reaction to all the common allergy triggers such as food, pollen, pets, house dust mites, moulds and yeasts, Hymenoptera venom (wasp and bee stings) as well as other substances.
Many people are sensitised to more than one allergen but might not even realise it.
Pollen from trees, grasses and weeds is a common allergen that can lead to allergic conditions. You may know you react to pollen. But using the testing kit can help you find out exactly which pollen gives you the advantage to make plans around your specific pollen season. You can check the particular pollen levels and plan your day accordingly. You'll also be able to identify which weeks or months of the pollen season are likely to be the worst for you and then take steps to manage your allergy before the season begins.
Or if mould spores or dust mites are your triggers, you can take measures to reduce the levels of those common substances in your home. Pet dander is also a common allergy trigger. If it's pet dander that’s causing your allergic reaction, there are things you can do to reduce that in your home too.
Food intolerance and food allergy
We should note that food allergies are not the same as food intolerance. The Home Allergy Test identifies specific food allergens that may trigger an allergic reaction. The test kit doesn't test for food intolerance.
When you have a reaction to a food in your diet that makes you feel unwell, it can be tricky to know if it's an allergy to that food or food intolerance. Although the symptoms of food allergies and food intolerance may be similar, food intolerance and food allergies are quite different.
Food intolerance is an inability to digest certain foods, while food allergy is a reaction by your immune system. Food allergy can be triggered by tiny amounts of a particular food causing an immediate allergic reaction such as a rash, wheezing and itching. It can even be life-threatening. Symptoms of food intolerance on the other hand happen gradually, often hours after eating the problem food. Food intolerance can cause considerable discomfort but symptoms aren't ever life-threatening.1
How does the Home Allergy Test work?
With an allergy blood test, you're not exposed directly to any allergens. Instead, a sample of your blood is analysed in a laboratory.
The Home Allergy Test works by detecting Immunoglobulin E (IgE) in your blood. IgE plays a key role in allergic reactions to many substances such as some foods, pollen, house dust mites and more. In an allergic reaction, the immune system produces IgE antibodies. The IgE antibodies set off a chain of reactions to try and get rid of the allergen, including releasing certain chemicals, such as histamine. It's these chemicals that cause symptoms of allergy.
How reliable are home allergy tests?
In general, the accuracy of a blood test for allergy is high. Allergy blood tests are evolving all the time and getting more precise. The Home Allergy Test identifies your reaction to 290+ allergen extracts and allergen components. We're talking comprehensive precision testing right down to individual proteins in an allergen source.
When you’ve got your results from the Home Allergy Test – what next?
At klarify, we know living with symptoms of allergy can be challenging – we’re here to help. You get access to ongoing customer support, even after you've received your test results.
The test results from your Home Allergy Test can show you which allergens might be causing your symptoms. The test kit can also help to rule out others. By identifying IgE antibodies, the Home Allergy Test can give you a comprehensive view of your sensitisation to certain allergens.
The Home Allergy Test doesn’t diagnose allergies on its own. Your test results will give you an indication of your body's reaction to specific allergens. Think of the test results as a sign of suspected allergy and not definitive proof. Your test results can be a first step in finding out if you have allergies.
The results of your test may indicate you're sensitised to certain substances but you may have no allergy symptoms. That's why it’s important to make an appointment with your doctor to talk about your test results. Your doctor may discuss your symptoms and medical history with you.
The good news is that most allergy symptoms are manageable and often their impact can be reduced with a treatment plan from your doctor.
You don’t need to put up with allergy symptoms. Managing and treating them is easier once you know what triggers your allergic reactions. Knowing what you’re dealing with means you can take targeted action and with your doctor’s help get access to a treatment plan that's right for you.
Remember, to get an allergy diagnosis, your test results need to be interpreted by a doctor alongside your symptoms and medical history. Please do not take any decisions or actions to change any medication or diet based on the results of home allergy testing without consulting your doctor.
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