Medical News Summary: New allergy test approved by the FDA


About: New allergy test approved by the FDA
Date: 9 December 2004
Source: HOI ABC News
Author: Jen Christensen
Medical News Summary (summary of medical news story as reported by HOI ABC News): The FDA has approved ImmunoCAP as a blood test for allergy. The blood is analyzed for certain antibodies to allergens thus removing the need for multiple injections which was traditionally required. Traditionally a weak allergen is injected into the skin and then monitored for a reaction. The blood test results will also help doctors determine what treatment is most appropriate. An allergy is where the body attacks or reacts to substances that are normally harmless. Allergies are the 6th most common chronic disease in the US and allergens include pollen, dust mites, mold spores, pet dander, insect venom and some foods. Allergy symptoms include sneezing, itching of eyes, nose and throat, coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath and watery eyes. These symptoms are caused by inflammation of the airways and excess mucus production. 40 to 50 million US people are affected by allergies
Related Disease Topics: Allergy, Excess airway inflammation, Excess mucus production
Related Symptom Topics: Sneezing, itchy eyes, itchy nose, itchy throat, coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath and watery eyes

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