Allergy testing is usually performed in people with suspected allergic rhinitis (hay fever), asthma or reactions to insects or food allergy. In people with allergic rhinitis or asthma, allergy testing usually includes house dust mite, cat and dog dander (perhaps other animals if contact occurs), mould spores, pollen from relevant grasses, weeds or trees and in some cases, occupational allergens. Testing can also be used to confirm suspected allergies to foods or stinging insects.
It is important to note that:
- Allergy test results cannot be used on their own and must be considered together with your medical history
- Medicare rebates are available for skin prick tests or blood tests for allergen specific IgE (RAST) in Australia
- In some cases, you may be referred to a medical specialist (Allergist / Clinical Immunologist) for further detailed assessment.