Skin Testing For Venom Hypersensitivity
While an itchy red bump is a typical reaction following a bite or sting by an insect, for some people reactions can be much more severe, even life-threatening. Severe allergic reactions occur when a patient is hypersensitive to stinging insect venom, which is released when the person is bitten or stung. The immune system then responds to the stinging insect venom by releasing immunoglobulin E (IgE), triggering an allergic reaction. By understanding whether or not you or a loved one have a stinging insect venom allergy, you can learn how to minimize risk of exposure and how to respond in an emergency.
Venom Hypersensitivity Test
Both children and adults may be affected by stinging insect venom allergy. A trained allergist or immunologist can conduct in-office tests to determine which insect venoms cause allergic reactions. Because these reactions may be severe, only a trained professional should administer an allergy skin test. This test should be conducted under the supervision of an allergist familiar with your medical history.
The skin test helps to establish the presence of IgE in response to insect venom. Skin testing is the most common form allergy testing for venom hypersensitivity, however blood tests may also be used to determine if the allergy is present.
Allergy Testing At Allergy Asthma & Immunology Institute
Dr. Laura Ispas is an expert in allergy and immunology with more than 10 years of private practice experience in patient care. She carefully reviews each patient’s medical history to conduct safe in-office testing for stinging insect venom allergy. After studying the test results, the doctor will speak with you about the findings, how to plan for avoiding allergy triggers, managing symptoms, and pursuing proper treatment for continued health.
If you suffer from stinging insect allergy, give us a call. We will be happy to assist you in scheduling your next visit.