Do It Yourself Allergy Testing?

Today’s home health tests promise quick diagnosis of complicated conditions in the convenience of your own home.  But many experts warn against going it alone.

Do it yourself allergy tests allow you to draw a bit of your own blood, mail it to a designated lab, and within a few days they’ll let you know if you are allergic to any of 10 common substances.   But experts say these tests turn up a lot of false positives, and don’t consider other information critical for a proper diagnosis, such as personal and family medical history. 

A skin test, administered and evaluated by a board certified allergist, is the most accurate and cost effective means for determining what substances you are allergic to. This test, along with a thorough physical exam and consideration of your medical history, will provide you and your physician with the safest and most effective treatment plan for your allergies.