Tests and diagnosis

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Your doctor will ask you questions about your allergies or any previous allergic reactions you've had. This evaluation will include questions about:

  • Whether any particular foods seem to cause a reaction
  • Any medications you take, and if certain medications seem linked to your symptoms
  • Whether you've had allergy symptoms when your skin has been exposed to latex
  • Whether stings from any particular type of insect seem to cause your symptoms

To help confirm the diagnosis:

  • You may be tested for allergies with skin tests or blood tests
  • You may also be asked to keep a detailed list of what you eat or to stop eating certain foods for a time

Your doctor will want to rule out other conditions as a possible cause of your symptoms, including:

  • Seizure disorders
  • A condition other than allergies that causes flushing or other skin symptoms
  • Mastocytosis, an immune system disorder
  • Psychological issues, such as panic attacks
  • Heart or lung problems
Jan. 16, 2013