What is an allergy?
An allergy is considered a civilization disease, which has become and is continuing to become more and more prevalent in the Western world since the mid 20th century. According to the National Institute of Health, more than 50% of the US population is allergic to one or more substances.
To understand home allergy tests, it is worth understanding what happens when you have an allergy. The immune system reacts defensively to allergens when they enter the body; these allergens are in fact completely harmless. These allergens are usually proteins found in food, pollen, animal hair, and house dust mites, among other things. You can easily get to the bottom of this by performing e.g. a Pollen Allergy Test or a House Dust Mite Allergy Test.
If you have an allergy, your body develops a sensitization to allergens. It produces large amounts of certain IgE antibodies that attach themselves to the mast cells of the immune system. When the allergens enter the body again, they attach to the IgE antibodies – these cause the mast cell to release the messenger substance histamine. Histamine is what causes inflammation in the body and thus symptoms such as sneezing, sniffing the nose, itchy eyes, skin rashes, dizziness, and gastrointestinal problems.
How do I carry out a home allergy test?
A home allergy test can be carried out discreetly in the privacy of your own home with the cerascreen® home allergy test kits. The allergy test kits target different types of allergies, including food allergies with the Food Allergy Test or animal hair allergies with the Animal Hair Allergy Test. cerascreen® is constantly developing new home allergy tests, including more specific allergy tests. Keep your eyes peeled for our new additions!
For our home allergy tests, you take a small blood sample from your fingertip and send it to a medical laboratory by using the free return envelope. The medical laboratory analyses the sample and measures the concentration of specific IgE antibodies in your blood. You will then receive an individual results report which reveals whether and to what extent you are sensitized to the allergens tested.
IgE antibodies in your blood do not automatically mean that you have an allergy, but it gives you a good initial indication of which foods or materials you may react to. You can follow this up with a doctor or a specialist who can make a reliable allergy diagnosis. The individual results reports also provide you with further recommendations – for example, on what you can do if you suspect you have a food allergy.