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    Anyone had private allergy testing?

    I've had one serious (borderline anaphylaxis) and 3 less serious allergic reactions in the last few months, all without any obvious cause. The GP doesn't seem keen to do much.
    I've seen companies advertise private allergy testing but always been dubious, especially since I've been allergy free for 39 years - that they are looking to 'find' allergies. I wondered if anyone here has gone that route and what if anything it turned up?
    I assume you do a blood test at home and post it off, that sort of thing?
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    Most of the companies/people advertising such tests are quacks.

    You really need to narrow down the likely cause of what is causing you to have a reaction as people can be allergic to all most anything.

    Then if you do get tested and it's done properly you will get tested against a small group of items.

    I had skin patch testing years ago against common food items but the test didn't reveal that I actually react to some common garden plants. Oh and the food item I actually react to I was never tested for.
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      #3
      Don't get a home test, go to a clinic. Nuffield Health, for example.
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        #4
        They can take blood samples at NHS hospitals and then send to the private company.
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          #5
          Originally posted by d000hg View Post
          I've had one serious (borderline anaphylaxis) and 3 less serious allergic reactions in the last few months, all without any obvious cause. The GP doesn't seem keen to do much.
          I've seen companies advertise private allergy testing but always been dubious, especially since I've been allergy free for 39 years - that they are looking to 'find' allergies. I wondered if anyone here has gone that route and what if anything it turned up?
          I assume you do a blood test at home and post it off, that sort of thing?
          Unfortunately allergies have become a fashion statement and GPs are undated with adults and parents wanting allergy testing when in fact they are healthy. Allergic to gluten is the latest fashion. In your case I suggest you write/email you GP and request an NHS test you can cc the practice manager.
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            #6
            I found this link:

            https://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/abnormal-immune-cells-may-cause-unprovoked-anaphylaxis

            While some people suffer anaphylaxis as part of a serious allergic reaction, in two out of three people, anaphylaxis has no known cause and thus the anaphylactic reaction is called idiopathic.


            This is probably why the GP wasn't too interested in following up.
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              #7
              I tried one a local quack a while back and blogged about it here: https://anothermigraine.blogspot.com/search?q=allergy. It had very questionable results.
              I have also had a York Test (https://anothermigraine.blogspot.com/search?q=york) which was equally as useless, but maybe that's just me.

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                #8
                Originally posted by kloos View Post
                I tried one a local quack a while back and blogged about it here: https://anothermigraine.blogspot.com/search?q=allergy. It had very questionable results.
                I have also had a York Test (https://anothermigraine.blogspot.com/search?q=york) which was equally as useless, but maybe that's just me.
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                  #9
                  Originally posted by northernladuk View Post

                  That's what my money is on.
                  Perhaps before you insult people you workout why they are doing something?

                  It's obvious in the blog profile.

                  Guess you don't have migraines or know anyone who is regularly floored by them.
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                    #10
                    Go for the ISAC test from Nuffield
                    https://www.nuffieldhealth.com/tests...llergy-testing

                    (I'm sure other places do it, maybe contact your private health provider to see who they recommend. I'd not necessarily trust companies found on the internet when it comes to my health.)
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