The best way in which to have your allergies diagnosed is by visiting an allergist who can then do a sequence of allergy tests. There are a various ways in which these tests can be done. However, the progressive series of allergy testing is the most common way in which these tests are administered. This is also been proven to be the most effective way in which to administer an allergy test.
When you are getting a progressive series of allergy testing done, it is quite easy. The allergist (a doctor who specializes in allergies) simply sets up numerous vials. In each of these vials there is a specific type of allergen (something that you may or may not be allergic to).
These consist of two different types of vials. The first vial contains some of the most common outdoor allergens. These include trees, grass, plants, weeds, pollen, and outdoor mold. The second vial contains some of the most common indoor allergens. These include dust, feathers, pet hair, indoor mold and cockroaches.
The serum that is contained within each of the various vials is what the doctor uses in order to see exactly what you are allergic to. This is actually quite a simple procedure. It simply involves injecting a little bit of the serum from each of the individual vials into the patient to see what he/she is allergic to.
The doctor starts off by injecting the smallest amount possible into the patient. If no reaction occurs, then the doctor slowly increases the dosage until the patient has a reaction. Once this reaction occurs, the doctor then marks the vial so that he/she will know what dosage level actually caused the reaction within that particular patient. This is continued until the maximum dosage is given for each of the vials, or the patient has a reaction, whichever happens first.
Once the doctor determines if a person has allergies, and what these allergies are, the doctor now knows what the patient is allergic to. With this information in mind, the doctor is then able to create an allergy serum that is based upon those test results. This serum is then used if and when the patient decides to proceed in taking allergy shots in order to treat his/her allergies.
Sometimes though, a patient can simply learn what his/her allergies are and how he/she can avoid these things so as to avoid allergy flare-ups. This is usually done whenever the patient has very few allergies or when these allergies can be easily avoided. Whenever this is not possible, most allergists will highly recommend that their patients get allergy shots.
There are also times when prescription medications can be used instead of an allergy shot. These medications are sometimes used with allergy shots as well. It simply depends upon how bad your allergies are affecting you and what you and your doctor work together and decide is best for you. Since every person is different, there is no one right or wrong way in which to proceed after an allergy test.