Putzing in the garden is nothing less than therapy. It's even good exercise,
if you exert enough effort. But the sneezing and stuffy-headed feeling that
lingers afterwards -- that's the downside of gardening with allergies.
Skin testing is the most widely used and the most helpful in finding the cause of allergies. There are several different methods, but all involve exposing the skin to small amounts of various substances and observing the reactions over time.
Specific iGe tests generally identify IgE antibodies to specific antigens, or allergy triggers.
Other tests involve eliminating certain allergens from your environment and then re-introducing them to see if a reaction occurs.
People with a history of serious or anaphylactic reactions may be prescribed an auto-injector, sometimes called a bee-sting kit or EpiPen. This contains a premeasured dose of epinephrine. You should carry two of these with you and inject yourself with the medication immediately if you are exposed to a substance that causes a severe allergic reaction.