Allergy tests are used to determine what a person is allergic to. There are two kinds of allergy tests: blood tests and skin prick tests. At Diacor, we offer both. We use them to test for allergies to cats, dogs, pollen and foodstuffs.
Blood samples are tested for allergens, i.e. antibodies which cause allergies. Skin prick tests (KL XQ 800) are used to find out whether any allergen causes skin problems. They are used to test for allergies which cause immediate reactions, such as allergies to pollen, foodstuffs or animals. Immediate allergies can manifest as over-sensitivity. Typical symptoms include rashes, nose and eye symptoms and breathing problems.
During a skin prick test, drops of allergens are placed on clean and dry skin. The skin is then pricked with a small steel blade. If the patient is over-sensitive to an allergen, a slight swelling appears in the red area. The diameter of the swollen area indicates a possible allergy.
The results from the tests are available from the physician who prescribed them.
You need a doctor’s referral to take an allergy test.
You do not need an appointment for the blood test. Just go to the laboratory of any Diacor medical centre, take a queue ticket and wait for your turn.
For the skin prick test, you need to make an appointment with the laboratory. Skin prick tests are performed at Diacor Tapiola and, for children, at Iso Omena.
In order to get your results, you should schedule a telephone appointment or a regular appointment with the physician who referred you to the test.
Lic. Med., Specialist in Dermatology and Venereology and General Practice, special competence in Insurance Medicine. Dermatological diseases, allergies
Specialist in Dermatology and Venereology. Skin diseases, allergies and desensitization, minor surgical procedures, mole dermoscopy, cryosurgery, botulinum toxin treatments for armpits