It’s estimated that 33% of the UK population suffer from some form of allergy. Allergic reactions and their symptoms are brought about by IgE (Immunoglobulin E) antibodies. The role of the Vytaliving an allergy home test kit identifies these antibodies and indicates if the level is higher than the average. This test should prompt a visit to see your general practitioner or allergy specialist.
Who is more at risk for allergies?
- Your parents have allergies
- Your parents have asthma, eczema or hayfever
- You suffered with childhood eczema
- You have had any previous allergy reactions or symptoms.
- You have been previously diagnosed with asthma, eczema, hayfever or food allergy.
When should the allergy testing kit be used?
The test should be performed in the case of symptoms that can be associated with the allergy, such as rashes and redness on the skin, lacrimation or repetitive sneezing in presence of dust or in contact with animals (dog, cat, etc.), or appearance of oedema after ingesting particular food. The test can be performed at any time, but not in subjects younger than 6 years.
What symptoms should you look out for?
- Itchy, blocked, runny nose
- Itchy, sore/red or watery eyes
- Nasal congestion
- Itching and/or swelling of the lips, tongue and face
- Shortness of breath or wheezing
- Dry, itchy throat or tongue
- Itchy skin or a rash
- Anaphylactic shock**
**Please note that if the person is in anaphylactic shock you should call emergency services or administer an epi-pen rather than performing this test.
What does the kit include?
The kit should contain everything you need for a singular test measurement. If you are missing any of the components above, please contact our customer service department.