What is the basis for selecting allergens to test for in the diagnosis of allergic rhinitis (hay fever)?

Updated: Dec 26, 2018
  • Author: Javed Sheikh, MD; Chief Editor: Michael A Kaliner, MD  more...
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Testing every patient for sensitivity to every allergen known is not practical. Therefore, select a limited number of allergens for testing (this applies to both skin testing and in vitro specific IgE). When selecting allergens, select from among the allergens that are present locally and are known to cause clinically significant allergic disease. A clinician who is specifically trained in allergy testing should select allergens for testing.


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