If you are unable to determine what triggers your asthma symptoms, allergy tests might help. Contact your doctor to schedule an allergy testing- both skin tests and blood tests will work. Once testing is complete, your doctor will look at the results, as well as your history of allergic reactions in order to make a diagnosis. This diagnosis can put you on the right track to treating your asthma symptoms.
Allergy skin tests are a quick and inexpensive way of determining what your body is sensitive to. If you or your doctor believes that a specific allergen is causing your symptoms, a skin test will be best. These tests work by exposing your skin to high doses of potential allergens and monitoring how your immune system reacts to it. Prior to getting the testing done, ask your doctor if there is anything you need to do. Certain medications, like antihistamines, can alter the results of the tests.
There are three kinds of skin tests:
Blood tests are used less often and can be less effective than skin tests.
There are two kinds of blood tests:
Jaime Venditti, State Coordinator, New York Health Works