Dog Allergy Test
Dog Allergy Test
IgE Allergy Test for Dog Hair
If your eyes water and itch, you sneeze constantly and your throat itches terribly when you come into contact with dogs, it’s only natural that you suspect an allergy to dogs. Other signs of an allergic reaction include skin rashes, difficulties concentrating and sleeping disorders. A dog allergy should be taken seriously, as failure to treat it can lead to severe asthma.
The cerascreen® Dog Allergy Test gives you certainty. We can determine whether you are allergic to dog hair by measuring the amount of immunoglobulin (IgE) in a blood sample.
Information about the Dog Allergy Test
Take a blood sample
Using our Dog Allergy Test kit, extract a few drops of blood from your fingertip painlessly with the lancets provided. Collect this blood on the dried blood spot card.
Activate your Dog Allergy Test
Activate the test ID listed on the test ID card in your secure My cerascreen® user profile on our website or on our app. You will then need to answer a few questions, so that we can send you personalised recommendations.
Send your blood sample
Send your sample to our laboratory free of charge in the enclosed return envelope. Your sample will be analysed in the medical laboratory.
In the specialist laboratory, your sample is tested for the number of specific IgE antibodies to dog dander.
The results report of the Dog Allergy Test will tell you if you are sensitised to dog dander. Sensitisation is an indication of an allergy to dog hair.
High quality standards
The samples taken with the cerascreen® send-in tests are analysed in specialised diagnostic laboratories, with which doctors and clinics work as well. All of our laboratory partners meet our high quality standards.
Benefits of the Dog Allergy Test
You should especially consider getting an allergy test if you are planning to get a dog – and also if you already have a dog and suffer from complaints such as respiratory problems or itching. Because in some cases, allergies can develop or worsen over the course of your lifetime.
You take your sample for the cerascreen® Dog Hair Allergy Test at home, without waiting times or trying to squeeze in an appointment! The test is a blood test, the sample from which is then sent to our specialised medical laboratory.
Benefit from our expertise: cerascreen® is the market leader for medical sampling and submission kits in Europe, with eight years of experience in test development and analysis. We have developed more than 50 approved send-in test kits (medical devices), analysed 250,000 samples and serve 19 countries – including the United States!
Results report of the Dog Allergy Test
As soon as your sample has been analysed, you will receive your results report via the My cerascreen® app or your user account on our website. You can easily view the report on your smartphone, tablet or computer and print it out, if required.
The laboratory analysis will tell you whether certain IgE antibodies in your blood indicate a dog hair allergy. With the help of our recommendations, you can learn how to get through everyday life with a dog allergy without unpleasant reactions. Our comprehensive health information explains what causes a dog hair allergy and what the possible symptoms and consequences are.
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FAQs about the Dog Allergy Test
Why take our Dog Allergy Test?
Dogs are among the most popular pets. All across the world, people choose to live with these four-legged friends – but unfortunately, they regularly trigger pet hair allergy symptoms.
If you are interested in getting a dog, you should ideally check beforehand whether you are allergic to dog hair. Even if you already live with a dog, allergies can reemerge. Get to the bottom of any allergy symptoms so that you can do something about them. Untreated pet hair allergies that continuously trigger symptoms can increase the risk of allergic asthma.
How does the dog allergy test work?
To do the Dog Hair Allergy Test, take a few drops of blood from your fingertip with a lancet. You then send the sample on the dried blood spot card provided via a return envelope to our partner medical laboratory.
The laboratory will analyse your blood to see how high the number of IgE antibodies for canine epithelium is. Epithelia are cells in the upper layer of the skin that contain dog allergens.
What does the results report tell me?
The results indicate whether you are sensitised to dog dander and to what degree. Sensitisation is when your immune system overreacts when it encounters an allergen such as dog hair epithelium.
This does not automatically mean that you have an allergy. However, if you have additional symptoms when you are in a room with these animals, you probably have a dog hair allergy.
Which recommendations will I receive?
If you are allergic to dog dander, there may be some specific breeds or individual animals that trigger fewer allergy symptoms. The results report will give you more advice on how to deal with a dog hair allergy. For example, if you suffer from allergies, your first priority should be to avoid dog hair in your bedroom.
What happens when you have a dog allergy?
With an allergy, your immune system reacts to substances that are actually harmless that enter your body. This immune reaction then leads to typical allergy symptoms, such as sniffling, an itchy throat and skin rashes.
In the case of dog hair allergy, the substance responsible is dog’s epithelium – these are cells in the top layer of a dog’s skin. These allergens spread very quickly when dog hair is dispersed in the air and also on clothing.
How can you diagnose a dog hair allergy?
Dog hair allergy is considered a respiratory allergy. It therefore mainly affects the respiratory tract. As a rule, reactions are immediate. You will experience symptoms shortly after inhaling dog hair or getting it on your skin.
Typical symptoms of dog hair allergy include sneezing, runny nose and itchy throat; red, itchy and watery eyes; and swelling and redness of the skin. In the long term, an allergy to dog dander can develop into allergic asthma.
How do you treat a dog hair allergy?
Antihistamine tablets can suppress allergic reactions. But you should only use them for a short time. These medicines are therefore only a solution to take occassionally when you spend time around dogs.
Dog hair allergy can only be treated by hyposensitisation (specific immunotherapy). Doctors administer the allergen several times over a period of two to three years. Immunotherapy is not always successful. If successful, your immune system gets used to dog hair. The animal hair then causes very few, if any, allergic symptoms.
Who should NOT take the Dog Allergy Test?
The Dog Hair Allergy Test is not or only partially suitable for certain groups of people:
People with infectious diseases, like hepatitis and HIV, may not use the dog allergy test.
People with haemophilia should not take the test.
Pregnant and breastfeeding women should only take the Dog Hair Allergy Test under medical supervision. The given reference ranges and recommendations do not apply to people in this group; consult your medical professional for advice concerning your test results.
The dog allergy test is not intended for children under 18 years of age.
The test is not intended for diagnosing illnesses or disease. For example, if you suffer from extreme physical pain, consult a doctor.