Allergy Tests On The NHS
Last Updated: 10th November 2022 · Written by Kate Young
According to the NHS, around 1 in 4 of us suffer from allergies in the UK. From eggs and nuts to gluten and dairy, there are hundreds (if not thousands) of different allergens – so if you think you have a sensitivity, it’s important to find out what’s causing it as soon as possible.
A reliable allergy test is the best way to get to the bottom of your symptoms. If they are quite severe and have no clear cause, you may be able to get an allergy test on the NHS.
In this post, we’ll explain the different allergy tests that are available on the NHS and how our tests at Lifelab Testing compare.
Skin Prick Testing
One of the most common NHS allergy tests, skin prick testing, involves putting a drop of liquid that contains traces of an allergen onto your skin. Your skin is then pricked to allow your body to absorb the liquid. If a red bump appears, it means you’re allergic to the allergen.
This is a riskier form of allergy test, where you’ll be given increasingly large amounts of a potential allergen. You’ll be closely monitored by a healthcare professional throughout the test in case your reaction is severe.
Blood tests are a convenient alternative to skin prick testing, as you don’t actually have to be present for the test. A sample of your blood is analysed for antibodies that are produced as part of an allergic reaction. If these antibodies are present, it means you’re suffering from an allergy.
Why Choose Lifelab Testing?
At Lifelab Testing, we only use blood tests. We use an in-vitro testing system known as ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay) to detect Immunoglobin E antibodies in your blood. These antibodies produce chemicals known as histamines, which in turn cause your allergic reaction.
Unlike NHS testing centres, we carry out all our tests remotely. Simply order your test kit, collect your sample, and send it back to us using our tracked postal option. Our certified scientists will analyse your sample and confirm your results within 7 days. No waiting times or referrals – just answers or your money back.
Order Your Allergy Test Today
If you want fast and reliable answers, order your allergy test from Lifelab Testing today. Our team will test your blood for up to 40 allergens, giving you comprehensive results that will free you from uncertainty.