Blood tests are often one of the go-to methods for diagnosis by doctors in many disciplines. Our blood is full of valuable information. Allergies, immune disorders, and inflammatory problems can all be diagnosed accurately via Blood Testing in the hands of an experienced and skilled specialist.
At Modena Allergy + Asthma in San Diego Blood Testing is recommended as one of many ways we can help diagnose and treat our patients. Dr. Brian Modena is passionate about finding answers for his patients who are dealing with immune system, allergy, or asthma-related concerns in order to ultimately find the best solution for their needs.
Blood tests can help diagnose a wide variety of medical concerns related to the immune system as well as pinpoint allergies that may cause serious reactions, including asthma. Patients can benefit from this simple, minimally invasive testing method as critical information can be learned from the results. There are many specific types of Blood Tests available to help diagnose.
Environmental allergy testing is a diagnostic method used to accurately identify specific allergens that trigger allergic reactions in individuals. Blood tests, such as enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) or radioallergosorbent test (RAST), measure the levels of specific IgE antibodies to specific allergens in the blood.
A blood test for food allergies can also use IgE antibodies to pinpoint food allergies or sensitivities. Food allergy testing helps identify specific foods that trigger allergic reactions allowing individuals to avoid those foods, prevent severe reactions, and possibly work with a specialist on desensitization.
With our Blood Testing San Diego patients can determine their drug allergies, and while this is sometimes an option that is chosen, the accuracy of these types of tests is still being researched. Often instead, a skin test or a patch test is used to determine drug allergies or hypersensitivities.
The blood can tell us so much about inflammation in the body by looking at the levels of the different parts of the blood. A CBC test measures the levels of white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets. An elevated white blood cell count, increased ESR (Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate), elevated C-reactive protein, and many other factors can indicate that there is an inflammatory response occurring in the body.
Immune disorder blood tests include immunoglobulin levels, autoantibody testing, t-cell subsets, lymphocyte function assay, and other methods that can provide insights into how the immune system is functioning. These types of blood tests should be interpreted by qualified healthcare professionals, such as immunologists or allergists, who specialize in managing immune disorders and who will also take into account your medical history and symptoms to make an accurate, big-picture diagnosis.
MCAS is a complex condition where patients experience repeated, extreme episodes of anaphylaxis, during which mast cell mediators in the body are released in high numbers. Blood can be tested for tryptase levels or mast cell growth mutation, which can both help to accurately diagnose this issue.
While just a piece of the eczema puzzle, Blood Testing that checks levels of eosinophils along with IgE antibodies can help to confirm or build a case for eczema. With this information, treatment can be tailored to the patient.
Result times depend on the lab you receive your test at and the types of blood tests that are ordered by the doctor. Most blood work takes no more than two weeks, and then Dr. Modena can begin to construct a comprehensive treatment plan.
As a prominent and experienced San Diego allergy and asthma specialist, Dr. Brian Modena has been featured on ABC 10 and La Jolla Light as well as national publications, including Men’s Journal. Dr. Modena is genuinely committed to helping his patients navigate the often complicated territories of allergies, asthma, and immune issues in order to achieve a better quality of life.
Call us today at (858) 260-2977 or conveniently book your San Diego Blood Testing consultation on our website.
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You don’t have to let allergies, asthma or immune system issues dictate your life. With a specialist like Dr. Brian Modena by your side, you can get back to living your best life.
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