Have you ever considered a home allergy test?

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If you have ever suffered with allergies, you will know how debilitating they can be; it can affect your daily life, work performance, social experiences and even impact your sleep. Some allergies are even life-threatening. Allergies actually affect more people than you would potentially realise – roughly 1 in 4 adults, 1 in 6 teens and 1 in 1 children. When you look at it like that, it seems a lot doesn’t it. But what’s worse is that almost half of those with allergies haven’t had a diagnosis from a doctor and even fewer people have been tested to show what allergens they actually react to.

Hay Fever

My husband has suffered from hay fever ever since I have known him and this year, my daughter, 8, has started to have quite a big reaction to what we presume is some sort of pollen allergy too. Her eyes were incredibly puffy and sore as well as itchy and she generally felt stuffy, blocked up and generally not herself. I was quite surprised that these symptoms literally appeared overnight and that they seem to impact her daily life so much. She really struggled to get through the day at school without feeling fed up and her eyes were red, sore and so watery by the time she came home.

Food Allergies

It isn’t just pollen that cause allergies though; I’ve had an allergic reaction to food before. Once on holiday in Cuba, after enjoying a delicious meal, I went to bed with a slight scratchiness to my eyes but I put it down to the sun and too much chlorine. However, when I woke up in the morning, my face had puffed up and my eyes had swollen to a point where I began to panic. After seeing an onsite doctor, going to the pharmacist and taking some antihistamine, it started to clear up but it was scary all the same. I put this reaction down to eating shellfish and have avoided it ever since. But I’ve never actually tested this for a clear diagnosis.

Why might home testing be the way forwards?

If your allergies are impacting your daily life, you might be feeling like you need answers. If like me, you have simply been avoiding foods, it might just help you understand what food exactly you need to avoid rather than avoiding them all. After having an allergy test, you will have all the information you need to make more informed decisions about your daily life. You will have a clearer idea of what you are allergic to and you will be able to take measures to avoid certain allergens where possible. It could help you to identify which foods or pollen you are allergic to which may enable you to manage your allergy more effectively before the pollen season begins.

Klarify offer a home allergy test kit which can test for 294 different allergens within 2 weeks. You can easily see what might be causing your allergy and help you to regain some control again. Although the test can be done from the comfort of your own home, if you are unsure about any of your results, you should always consult a doctor. It is also important to note that these home tests are a first step in identifying possible allergies. The at home test detects sensitisation which in itself is a good indication to possible allergies but only a doctor can give you an allergy diagnosis.

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