Archive for March, 2014

Testing for Allergies

pollen allergensThe return of spring marks the beginning of allergy season for people across the country. As the flowers and trees begin to bud and bloom, the air becomes heavy with pollen and other allergens that quickly wreak havoc on allergy sufferers everywhere. In order to determine what triggers seasonal allergies, a diagnostic test can be given to see what potential allergens the body reacts to.

If you’re currently working in a doctor’s office, a hospital or a clinical facility, it’s important to stock up on allergy test kits before the season gets into full swing. At there are a variety of allergy testing options available including Allergy Rapid Tests, Chemiluminescence Allergy Assays, and Allergy ELISA Kits. These tests are alternatives to the skin prick test and are ideal for people who cannot safely have a skin prick test conducted due to a skin condition such as eczema or may be on medications that may interfere with the skin testing.

In addition to seasonal allergies, an ELISA food allergy panel can also be used to determine food allergies that may otherwise cause severe allergic reactions such as anaphylaxis. It’s important to determine what triggers allergic responses in an individual in order to improve their quality of life. By learning what objects, places or foods cause allergic reactions in a person, overall health can be improved dramatically.

Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment for Lyme Disease

Lyme Disease ELISA TestAs the season change from colder to warmer, the threat of encountering infected ticks carrying Lyme disease increases. Active people who spend time outdoors during the spring and summer months are the most susceptible to infection. If a tick carrying the Borrelia burgdorferi bacterium attaches itself to an individual, they will have the risk of developing Lyme disease.

In most cases, Lyme disease starts as a red skin rash that expands around the area of the tick bite. This bulls-eye rash occurs in approximately 70-80% of cases. Sometimes the onset of the rash can be delayed anywhere from 3-30 days after the bite occurs. In addition to the rash, early symptoms include severe headaches, painful or swollen joints, shooting pains, fever and swollen lymph nodes.

It’s important to seek medical attention if any of the symptoms occur after a known tick bite. In early phases physicians can make diagnosis by finding the classic red rash, but in later stages , physicians order laboratory Lyme disease ELISA test. This Enzyme linked immunoassay (ELISA) test can detect the antibodies produced by the body after exposure to the Borrelia burgdorferi bacterium.  In some instances a second confirmatory test may also be used to ensure the proper diagnosis.

Once a diagnosis is made antibiotics are generally prescribed. When treated in its early stages most patients recover quickly. However, in some cases patients are left with Post-treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome (PTLDS) which results in lingering symptoms. It’s best to seek medical attention early to reduce the risk of developing PTLDS.