Whether it is due to genetics or environment, numerous people develop allergies at some point in their life. Allergies affect more than 50 million people every year, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI). While it isn’t always easy to identify a clear-cut cause behind the allergies, there should always be a clear-cut answer to which allergies a patient has. Allergies are known to cause everything from a runny nose to anaphylactic shock, so it is vital that all allergens are properly discovered, treated and maintained.
The best way to test for allergies is through a skin test. There are three different types of skin tests, and these include scratch tests, intradermal tests and patch tests.
Scratch allergy-testing devices like the Medical Device Depot Allergy Testing Kit allow you to introduce a small amount of common allergens to patients skin using a special tool. These are the most common tests and are easy to use and monitor. The comprehensive kits come with skin test applicators for 20 tests, an antigen for approximately 150 tests, patient education and result forms, measuring devices and sample treatment sets. Scoring and monitoring results for these tests are simple yet very effective, not to mention necessary for patients who suffer from allergies.
Keeping patients aware of potentially dangerous allergens is an important part of your role. While you should give patients who test positive for allergies plenty of information surrounding their diagnosis, it may help to have an allergies chart or other visual aid in the exam room so patients can better understand their allergies