Skin conditions (hives, dermatitis, excema)
Respiratory conditions (runny eyes, nasal congestion, wheezing, hay fever, asthma)
Digestive symptoms (cramps, diarrhoea, bloating, reflux)
There are many different types of allergy tests available, some of which are performed only by medical doctors. Other practitioners who may use allergy testing in their diagnoses, include naturopaths, homeopaths, kinesiologists, herbalists and nutritionists.
Here are some of the allergy tests that are used:
- Blood (RAST) tests
- Scratch or puncture tests
- Elimination diets and Challenge Testing
- Patch tests
- Kinesiology (muscle response)
- Chemical analysis of body tissues
- Cytotoxic tests
- Electrodermal diagnosis
- Reaginic pulse test
- Urine auto injection
It should be noted that not all of the above tests are recognised by orthodox medical professionals and care should be taken with any deliberate exposure to a person's allergens, as there is a potential risk of an anaphylactic reaction.