FAQ: Allergies & MyAllergyTest
What are allergies?
allergens are tested with MyAllergyTest?
should do MyAllergyTest?
Why is it
important to know what I am allergic to?
accurate is MyAllergyTest?
If my test
results are negative, does that mean I am not allergic?
I do to make the blood collection easier?
need to fast or collect my blood at a specific time of day?
get my test results from the Internet?
I am a Physician, what are the CPT Insurance
codes for this test?
Q. What are allergies?
A. An allergy is the result of a person’s overactive immune system,
reacting to usually harmless things. The substances that cause allergic
reactions are known as allergens. Your body thinks the allergen is an invader
and makes antibodies to attack it. People who have allergies have an antibody
called Immunoglobulin E, or IgE. When allergens first contact the body of a
person with allergies, allergen-specific IgE antibodies are produced. Each type
of IgE has specific "radar" for one type of allergen only. That’s why some
people are allergic to cats only (they have only the IgE antibodies specific to
cat) and others seem to be allergic to everything. When a person with allergies
comes in contact with an allergen, his or her body will show symptoms of an
allergic reaction, such as swelling of tissues, sneezing, wheezing, coughing, a
runny nose, itchy eyes, and other reactions. A person with antibodies to a
specific allergen is commonly referred to as being “allergic” to that allergen
Q. What allergens are tested
A. Your blood sample will be tested for the following allergens: House
dust Mite, Cat, Timothy Grass, Bermuda Grass, Mountain Cedar, Short Ragweed,
Alternaria (mold), Milk, Egg White, and Wheat.
Q. Who should do
A. Anyone wanting to know if they are “allergic” to the ten most common
allergens should do MyAllergyTest. This test is made especially for you, the
Q. Why is it important to know what I am
A. To help you better manage your allergy symptoms, you must first know
what is causing your allergy. For instance, you don’t have to get rid of your
cat if you are allergic to milk, and you don’t need to avoid pollens all year if
you have a seasonal allergy to ragweed. MyAllergyTest gives you more
information. Once you know the specific allergens causing your symptoms, you
1. Avoid exposure to the allergens;
2. Contact your physician to get specific medical treatment.
An accurate allergy test, such as MyAllergyTest, is an important part of allergy
diagnosis, when used together with advice from your Healthcare Provider.
Q. How accurate is
A. MyAllergyTest is as accurate as other standard laboratory testing
systems. The MyAllergyTest laboratory tests your blood with a Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) cleared allergy testing method. Unlike tests that provide
only a “Yes” or “No” answer, MyAllergyTest gives you a “CLASS” number which
matches your level of allergic response. MyAllergyTest also gives you Immune
Units per milliliter (IU/mL). Some doctors may use these test results to track
the progress of allergy treatment.
Q. If my test results are
negative, does that mean I am not allergic?
A. No. MyAllergyTest tests for 10 of the most common allergens. While a
completely negative test result is strong evidence that you are not allergic to
any of the most common allergens, it is possible that you will be allergic to a
less common, or even rare, allergen.
In addition, many people with allergy-like symptoms may be suffering from
Non-Allergic Rhinitis (NAR). For an informative article on NAR, go to:
. Also, you may wish to share the results of your MyAllergyTest
with your physician and ask about the possibility that you may have Non-Allergic
Q. What can I do to make the blood collection
A. Try any or all of the following:
Wash your hands with warm water
Warm your hands by rubbing them together
Choose a finger that is warm and callus-free
Let the hand with the chosen finger hang at your side for at least 30 seconds
Press the Safety Lancet firmly against the tip of your chosen finger.
Do not pull your hand away when triggering the Safety Lancet.
If you like, or if you feel uneasy, someone else can help you stick your finger.
Q. Do I need to fast or
collect my blood at a specific time of day?
A. No. You do not need to fast and you can test your blood any time of
It is best to collect the blood sample before eating or several hours after a
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Q. Who can get my test results from the
A. Your test results are confidential. Access to test results requires
the PIN that you attach to your Personal Identification Card and your email
address. Only you can access your results with your PIN. If you’d like to make
the results available on-line to your physician, you must give him or her your
PIN and email address. Make sure you do not lose your PIN!
Q. I am a Physician, what
are the CPT Insurance codes for this test?
A: 36416 Capillary Blood
Collection. 86001 Allergy Test X 10 units - One for each of 10 allergens