ImmunoCAP is a sensitive blood test that measures the concentration of immunoglobulin E (IgE), which is an indicator of allergic sensitization. ImmunoCAP is a laboratory test available to your doctor. No specialist referral is required.
ImmunoCAP can test for hundreds of allergens, such as weeds, trees, pollen, mold, food, and animal dander—all with just one blood sample taken during a single appointment with your doctor. ImmunoCAP can be performed irrespective of age, skin condition, medication, symptom, disease activity and pregnancy.
ImmunoCAP results can help your doctor determine your child’s individual allergy profile. He or she can then use this profile to work with you to create an individualized treatment plan. This might include medications and tips to help you reduce exposure to your or your child’s specific allergic triggers, including rhinitis triggers, asthma triggers, and food allergy triggers. Your doctor can test for specific allergic triggers with just one sample of blood.
The clinical value of ImmunoCAP has been shown in more than 4000 studies, and has been specifically endorsed for use by primary care doctors in allergy management guidelines from the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the UK National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).
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