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How are allergies diagnosed?

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Your doctor will talk to you about your medical history and symptoms, and may recommend a skin test.

If he does, he’ll put a tiny amount of the allergen on your skin -- usually on your back or forearm -- and then prick or scratch the skin underneath. If you're allergic to it, you’ll get a small, raised bump that itches like a mosquito bite.

Sometimes a blood test may also be used to figure out a cause.

From: Fall Allergies WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "Allergic Rhinitis," "Preparing for School with Asthma and Allergies."

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: "Running from Ragweed: How to Cope with Fall Allergies," "Ragweed Allergy."

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease: "Airborne Allergens."

Im, W. , September/October 2005. Archives of Environmental Occupational Health

Silverman, R. , September 2005. Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on March 20, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "Allergic Rhinitis," "Preparing for School with Asthma and Allergies."

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: "Running from Ragweed: How to Cope with Fall Allergies," "Ragweed Allergy."

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease: "Airborne Allergens."

Im, W. , September/October 2005. Archives of Environmental Occupational Health

Silverman, R. , September 2005. Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on March 20, 2018

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