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Are the Imutest allergy tests suitable for children?
ALL of the "Allergy Specific" tests are all suitable for children / adults of any age (i.e. Milk, Egg, Airborne Screen, Hayfever, Dust Mite, Cat).
The "Allergy Check" test kit (total IgE) is the ONLY test in the range that is NOT suitable for children aged 6yrs or younger.
How accurate are Imutest allergy tests?
All Imutest products are CE-Marked and independently assessed by certified EU Notified Bodies. Such assessment includes performance data where the results from Imutest are compared to the results from independent laboratories running the ''gold-standard'' method for IgE testing. These results show that Imutest gives excellent correlation of greater than 90% for both positive and negative samples, resulting in an overall accuracy of greater than 90% (data available upon request).
My result was negative, but I still think I am allergic?
Imutest allergy self tests are designed to show positive results down to a level of (IgE) antibody that is regarded by clinicians as the lower end of the disease state range, however it is possible to be allergic to something and have an antibody level below this range.
You may also be allergic to proteins that do not normally cause allergies, or to an allergen that you have not tested for.
My result was negative for Milk / Egg ... am I OK to eat this food now?
If you are at all unsure about whether you have a food allergy or not, especially if you have exhibited allergy symptoms when consuming food, you are strongly advised to consult your GP or a healthcare professional at the earliest opportunity.
Imutest allergy self tests are designed to show positive results down to a level of (IgE) antibody that is regarded by clinicians as the lower end of the disease state range, however it is possible to be allergic to something and have an antibody level below this range. You may also be allergic to proteins that do not normally cause allergies, or to an allergen that you have not tested for.
I can not get sufficient blood to fill the tube ... what is the best way to collect the blood?
Make sure your hands are warm and that blood is circulating well by washing hands in very warm water. Place lancet against the underside of the finger to be punctured - this helps a “hanging drop” of blood to form later.
Ensure that lancet is pressed firmly against the skin but don’t use more force than is required to set off the trigger. After lancet has punctured the skin, gently wipe away any trace of blood, then leave finger to rest for about 10-15 seconds to allow the blood vessel to relax. After that time, place the finger in the bottom of the “V” formed by the thumb & forefinger of your other hand.
Squeeze the thumb and forefinger together around the punctured finger, which should be pointing slightly downwards and with the puncture on the underside; this creates a slight pressure in the punctured finger.“Milk” the blood up to the end of your finger and out of the puncture wound by drawing the finger between your thumb & forefinger.
A hanging drop of blood should form on the underside of the finger. When a large hanging drop has formed, place the blood tube horizontally against the drop; if there is sufficient blood in the drop, the tube will quickly fill to the two black marks & stop automatically.