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Allergy Laboratory

Allergy laboratory

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The immunology laboratory will identify these allergens that the patient is sensitive to. The individual can then avoid exposure to these, thereby gaining a better quality of life. This aim can be achieved in two different ways on referral from an allergy consultant. A quite simple method called the “skin prick test” exposes the individual to possible antigens whilst another method can identify the specific IgE from patients without them having to be exposed to any potentially harmful allergens. Skin prick testing is becoming more used at the “point of care” meaning that the clinician himself or nurses can do the test in the clinic. However specific IgE testing still has to be carried out in the laboratory by qualified healthcare scientists.

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Equipment known as Immunocap is commonly used to carry out IgE tests

 
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