What is a Pollen Allergy Test?
An allergy test is an exam performed by a trained allergy specialist to determine if your body has an allergic reaction to a known substance. This involves exposing you to a very small amount of a particular allergen and recording the reaction. Allergies occur when your immune system, which is your body’s natural defense, overreacts to something in your environment. For example, pollen, which is normally harmless, can cause your body to overreact. This overreaction can lead to:
- a runny nose
- blocked sinuses
- itchy, watery eyes
There are three primary types of allergens:
- Inhaled allergens affect the body when they come in contact with the lungs or membranes of the nostrils or throat. Pollen is the most common inhaled allergen.
- Contact allergens must come in contact with your skin to produce a reaction. An example of a reaction from a contact allergen is the rash and itching caused by poison ivy.
- Ingested allergens are present in certain foods, such as peanuts, soy, and seafood.
When will I receive my results?
Once completed, you will receive your results within 3-5 business days in your LabFinder portal.
How do I prepare? Do I need to fast?
No preparation or fasting required. Just bring your LabFinder Order and Insurance Card to your appointment.