Allergies affect more than 50 million people in the United States -- the poor souls who sniffle, sneeze, and get all clogged up when face to face with the allergen (or allergens) that set them off.
For many, allergies are seasonal and mild, requiring nothing more than getting extra tissue or taking a decongestant occasionally. For others, the allergy is to a known food, and as long as they avoid the food, no problem.
But for legions of others adults, allergies are so severe it interferes with...
Skin test: A doctor injects a tiny amount of the drug under your skin and watches to see if you have a reaction. Skin tests only work for some types of drugs, like penicillin and other antibiotics, muscle relaxants, and some cancer drugs.
Patch test: A doctor puts a small amount of a drug on your skin. After 2 to 4 days, the doctor will check for a reaction. This test can check for delayed allergic reactions to antibiotics, anticonvulsants, and other drugs.
Blood test: Lab tests may help diagnose some allergies to antibiotics and other drugs.
Talk with your doctor to see which is best for you.