Environmental Allergy Test

Environmental Allergy Testing and health information

Are you struggling with mysterious allergy symptoms that leave you wondering what in your environment is causing your discomfort?

Ulta Lab Tests offers comprehensive environmental allergy testing designed to identify the specific allergens in your surroundings that trigger your symptoms, empowering you to make necessary changes and live a more comfortable life.

By choosing Ulta Lab Tests, you'll benefit from our cutting-edge diagnostic technology, extensive test panels, and accurate results. This information will allow you to take targeted action to minimize exposure to allergens, reduce your symptoms, and improve your overall well-being.

Regain control over your environment and put an end to persistent allergy symptoms. Schedule your environmental allergy testing with Ulta Lab Tests today to begin your journey towards a healthier, allergy-free lifestyle.

Environmental allergies are triggered by various allergens present in the environment, both indoors and outdoors. Here are some common examples:

  1. Pollen: Pollen from grasses, trees, and weeds can cause seasonal allergic rhinitis, also known as hay fever. Pollen allergies can lead to symptoms such as sneezing, nasal congestion, and itchy eyes.
  2. Dust mites: Dust mites are microscopic organisms that thrive in household dust. They can cause allergic reactions, including sneezing, runny nose, itchy eyes, and asthma symptoms.
  3. Mold spores: Mold and fungus can grow in damp, humid environments and release spores into the air. Exposure to mold spores can cause allergic reactions, including sneezing, coughing, and itchy eyes.
  4. Pet dander: Allergens from pets, such as proteins found in their skin cells, urine, and saliva, can trigger allergic reactions. Common pet allergens include cat and dog dander.
  5. Cockroach allergens: Cockroach allergens can cause allergic reactions in some individuals. These allergens are found in cockroach droppings, saliva, and body parts and can lead to symptoms such as coughing, nasal congestion, and skin rashes.
  6. Outdoor air pollution: Exposure to outdoor air pollutants, such as smog, ozone, and particulate matter, can exacerbate allergy symptoms and trigger respiratory issues in sensitive individuals.
  7. Chemicals and irritants: Some individuals may experience allergic reactions or sensitivity to chemicals and irritants found in cleaning products, perso

Allergy tests from Quest give you an accurate reading of the amount of immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies in your blood that are specific to certain allergens in your environment. 

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To learn more about environmental allergies and the lab tests used to identify them read the article below.

Environmental Allergies and Lab Testing - What You Need to Know

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One in five Americans has been diagnosed with environmental allergies, but more than 50% of people have admitted that their allergies affect them daily. If you are one of these people and you haven't been tested for them yet, you should get tested for allergies right away. 

Once you have a diagnosis, you and your doctor can discuss the options you have to get you back on your feet after a stint with allergies taking you out of work or family functions. No one should have to deal with the stuffy nose and itchy eyes that come with an allergic reaction.

Continue reading to learn more about environmental allergies and environmental allergy tests.

What Are Environmental Allergies?

People can be allergic to environmental factors such as mold, pollen (from trees, grasses, and weeds), pet dander/saliva, dust mites, and even secondhand cigarette smoke. 

Having a food allergy to things like soy, milk, or nuts can be considered an environmental allergy. It's also possible to be allergic to bee stings and latex. Coming into contact with these things can cause anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening condition that requires an EpiPen injection and immediate medical attention as treatment.

When you come into contact with one of these allergens, it sets off a series of symptoms that may make you miserable until you treat it. These allergies can trigger asthma attacks and other asthma symptoms.

Environmental Allergy Signs & Symptoms

The most common symptom of environmental allergies is allergic rhinitis ("hay fever") which often causes:

  • Headaches
  • Itchy, water eyes
  • Nasal congestion (with sneezing and runny nose)
  • Shortness of breath (with chest tightness and coughing)
  • Sore throat

Environmental allergies (especially food allergies in children) can cause hives and itchy skin. Those who suffer from environmental allergies can also feel fatigued after an allergy attack. 

Causes & Risk Factors for Environmental Allergies

Certain risk factors may cause you to develop these allergies, including:

  • Having family members with environmental allergies
  • Having asthma
  • Having other allergic conditions

When children have a genetic predisposition to an allergen, they can develop an environmental allergy when they go through prolonged exposure to the allergen. This means that the allergies developed due to their genetics (from their parents) and were exposed to the allergen over time.

People with asthma are also more likely to develop allergies. Those with other allergic conditions will most likely develop allergies to multiple things.

Diagnosis With Environmental Allergy Tests

Are allergy tests accurate? At-home allergy tests are not reliable. On the other hand, Ulta Lab tests are drawn by and performed in a lab by trained phlebotomists. At Ulta Lab Tests, we have a series of IgE blood tests to test for environmental allergies, including:

Tests from Ulta Lab Tests are available to anyone who wants to know what environmental factors are triggering their allergies. They are available without a referral from your physician or health insurance (and they are still affordable!). 

So, How Do Allergy Tests Work? 

When you have an allergy, your immune system overreacts to a foreign body and produces antibodies to fight it off even though it isn't actually harmful. The IgE antibodies, also known as Immunoglobulin E, produce chemicals, such as histamine, which causes an allergic reaction. 

An allergy test mimics this response in a controlled environment. In an IgE blood test (like the ones mentioned above), the blood sample is taken by a phlebotomist and then sent off to a lab where the allergens are added to it. The lab is then able to measure the IgE antibody levels.

The skin prick test is similar to the blood test but is directly performed on the patient rather than in a lab.

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Environmental Allergies

When should I get an allergy test done? If you find that your allergies are taking over your life, it's probably time to get tested. Once you know what is causing your allergy problem, you will be able to take preventative measures.

How are allergies treated? By avoiding your triggers, you will notice you aren't having as many symptoms. If it's not possible to avoid them, there are several treatment options when it comes to treating allergies. Once you and your doctor know what is triggering your allergies, they will be able to prescribe allergy medications or allergen immunotherapy. 

How do I know if it's allergies or a cold? While colds and allergies may both cause you to have a runny nose, nasal congestion, sneezing, and/or itchy, watery eyes, allergies don't come with aches and fevers. These are usually associated with colds. If you aren't achy and feverish, it's safe to say that you might, in fact, be dealing with an allergic reaction of some sort.

Get Started Today

If you feel miserable thanks to environmental allergies, you shouldn't put off getting tested and talking to your doctor about any treatment options. You don't have to continue feeling under the weather whenever you come into contact with your dreaded allergen.

Ulta Lab Tests offers tests that are highly accurate and reliable so that you can make informed decisions about your health:

  • Secure and confidential results
  • No insurance or doctor referral is needed
  • Affordable pricing
  • 2,100 patient service centers across the nation
  • 100% satisfaction guaranteed

Order your environmental allergy tests today, and your results will be available between 24 and 48 hours (for most tests)!

Take control of your health today with Ulta Lab Tests.