Originally Posted by Zoe26
Is a blood test for allergies as accurate as doing the skin test? I've coincidentally gotten very ill after doing the skin tests and no longer want to take the chance. Is is even possible for the skin test to make you sick? Because my allergist says it's not possible, but twice I've happened to get sick after doing them. I want to only do a blood test now to test for food allergies and environmental allergies, but is it as accurate? Thanks for any info.
I had both. The blood test told me I wasn't allergic to dogs which was a great relief.
The T.R.U.E. patch test (No scratching or pin *****) tested 29 different chemical or metal allergies. I did not have a test for food allergies. I know I am allergic to fresh tomatoes.
My tests showed 4 different allergies. Nickel, Caine Mix (Benzocaine, Lanocaine, Cocaine etc.) Colophony (Wood resins) I have severe contact dermatitus to pine etc. requiring Prednizol, injection and pills)
Personally, I doubt you got sick from the tests. Maybe from another sick person in the waiting room. Take a couple grams of Vitimin C before you go next time. I picked up a cold sore at the doctors office. VC and ethel alcohol swabbed on for an hour took care of that. The doctors office was the only place I could have gotten the cold sore virus, I don't go out much.
Ask about the TRUE patch test. It sticks on like a piece of tape. No showers for 4 days and it might itch but that's the worst of it.