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How can I find out the cause of my allergies?

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An allergy specialist (allergist) may be able to help identify your triggers. Several different types of allergy tests are used to do this.

  • Skin testing is the most widely used and the most helpful way to discover triggers. Your skin is exposed to small amounts of various substances, then the specialist will observe the reactions over time.
  • Specific tests can identify something called IgE antibodies to specific triggers. The body produces antibodies to fight invaders, or allergens.
  • Other tests involve eliminating certain allergens from your environment and then re-introducing them to see if a reaction happens.

From: Finding the Cause of Allergies WebMD Medical Reference

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William Larry Haith, DO, FAAEM, Consulting Staff, Department of Emergency Medicine, Southern Maine Medical Center.  

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on March 21, 2018

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William Larry Haith, DO, FAAEM, Consulting Staff, Department of Emergency Medicine, Southern Maine Medical Center.  

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on March 21, 2018

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