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Allergies can make life tricky leaving you with rashes, itchy and watery eyes, sneezing, tummy troubles etc. These can vary in how severe they are and can impact daily life. Sometimes you can't even work out what you have an allergy to and have to spend time trying to find out what you had a reaction to.

Did you know that allergies run in the family? So if you know someone in your family who has an allergy such eczema, asthma or hay-fever it is likely that you may have  it as well. Also you may not even know you have an allergy until you have an allergy test done.

Hay-fever is a common allergy during the spring/summer season with the pollen count being high. I get hay-fever every year and my symptoms include itchy and watery eyes, sneezing and an itchy throat. Depending on the pollen count these symptoms vary.

What actually is an allergy?
An allergy is when your immune system mistakenly identifies a harmless substance as a threat and takes excessive defensive action. Some symptoms are minor such as sneezing, watery eyes, rashes or  diarrhoea but sometimes it can be dangerous and cause anaphylaxis. Nuts and insect stings are ones that spring to mind that can cause anaphylaxis but many others can too.

What is an allergy test?
An allergy test can help you to find out what triggers  are  maybe causing your symptoms and rule out others. It is not a diagnosis as only doctors can diagnose you.  However it gives you a stepping stone to talk to your GP and in the meantime having the right information can help you to better manage your allergy and know what to look for.

At home allergy testing kits
Some of us lead busy lives so taking an at home allergy test is an option, especially as we can't always get to the doctors or its hard to get an appointment. Klarify.me have a home testing kit that uses sophisticated technology to test for 294 different allergens. You just provide a blood sample and the rest is down to them. Plus it only takes two weeks to get comprehensive and reliable results back to you. The allergens that are tested are divided into the following groups:
Pollen ,Pets ,Mites, insect stings,Moulds & yeasts,Foods and Other allergens. 

Do you have any allergies? Or suspect you may have? 

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