Allergy Test

Last updated: March 31st, 2024

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An allergy test identifies specific allergens that trigger allergic reactions in individuals. There are several methods for allergy testing. The main ones are skin tests and blood tests, specifically IgE antibody tests.

Skin tests

These involve applying a small amount of allergen extract to the skin. Usually on the forearm or back. And then pricking or scratching the skin to allow the allergen to enter.

The healthcare provider then observes the skin's reaction. The nature of the reaction determines if an allergic response has occurred. Such a reaction might take the form of redness, swelling, or itching.

Blood tests

A blood test for allergy testing is specific type of blood test. This test measures the levels of specific IgE antibodies produced by the immune system in response to allergens.

The blood sample is analyzed in a laboratory to identify IgE antibodies. Antibodies specific to particular allergens provide information about the individual's sensitivities.

Why do an allergy test?

Healthcare providers recommend allergy testing for various reasons:

Identifying allergic triggers

Allergy tests help determine which substances (allergens) are causing allergic reactions in individuals. Knowing the specific allergens can guide avoidance strategies and allergen-specific treatments. Common allergens include:

  • pollen,
  • dust mites,
  • pet dander,
  • mold spores,
  • certain foods, and
  • insect venom.

Managing allergy symptoms

Once they identify allergic triggers, healthcare providers can develop personalised treatment plans to manage the symptoms. This may include:

  • allergen avoidance,
  • medications as antihistamines or nasal corticosteroids,
  • immunotherapy as allergy shots or sublingual immunotherapy, and
  • other interventions tailored to the individual's specific allergies.

Confirming suspected allergies

Allergy testing can confirm suspected allergies in individuals experiencing symptoms suggestive of allergic reactions. Such reactions include:

  • seasonal allergies (hay fever),
  • allergic rhinitis,
  • allergic asthma,
  • eczema,
  • hives (urticaria), and
  • food allergies.

Pharmacies providing allergy testing

Closes at 8PM

Brown's Grognet Pharmacy

41, Triq il-Kostituzzjoni, Mosta

Closes at 8PM

Brown’s Medical Plaza Pharmacy

Cass-i-Mall Buildings Vjal ir-Rihan, San Ġwann

Closes at 8PM

Brown’s Naxxar Centre Pharmacy

Vjal il-21 ta’ Settembru, Naxxar

Closes at 8PM

Brown's Paola Square Pharmacy

64/65, Pjazza Antoine De Paule (previously "Agius Pharmacy"), Paola

Closes at 8PM

Brown's Pharmacy

2, Triq Antonio Schembri, Attard

Closes at 7:30PM

Brown's Pharmacy

32, Triq Fleur-de-Lys (previously "Fleur de Lys Pharmacy"), Birkirkara

Closes at 8PM

Brown's Pharmacy

69, Triq George Borg Olivier, Mellieħa

Closes at 8PM

Brown's Pharmacy

Triq San Pawl, Naxxar

Closes at 7:30PM

Brown's Pharmacy

45, Paola Hill, Paola

Closes at 9PM

Brown's Pharmacy

Shop 10, Yacht Marina Apartments, Triq il-Marina, Pietà

Closes at 8PM

Brown's Pharmacy

278, Triq il-Vitorja, Qormi

Closes at 8PM

Brown's Pharmacy

Triq l-Erbgħa Mwieżeb, San Pawl il-Baħar

Closes at 8PM

Brown's Pharmacy

34, Triq il-Qasam, Tal-Ibraġġ, Swieqi

Closes at 8PM

Brown's Pharmacy

47, Vjal il-Ħelsien, Żebbuġ

Closes at 9PM

Brown’s Pharmacy

135, Central Business Centre, Spinola Bay, San Ġiljan

Closes at 8PM

Brown’s Pharmacy

92-94, Triq il-Mensija, San Ġwann

Closes at 7:30PM

Brown's Pharmacy, The Point

Unit 22, Triq Tigne, Sliema

Closes at 8PM

Brown's Quad Pharmacy

Tower Q2 Level 0, Quad Central Unit 3, Central Business District, Mrieħel

Closes at 8PM

Brown's St. Louis Pharmacy

Shop 1, Bohemian Courts, Vjal L-Independenza, Mosta

Closes at 7:30PM

Brown's Village Pharmacy

Main Street, Mellieħa

Closes at 1PM

St. John's Pharmacy

85, Triq l-Indipendenza, Xewkija, Gozo

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