Hay Fever (cont.)
Suhaib Waqarul Haq, MBBS
Aneela Naureen Hussain, MD, MBBS
Sarah Samreen, MBBS
James E Keany, MD, FACEP
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD
Ron Fuerst, MD
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Hay Fever Diagnosis
Your health care provider will ask you questions about the following:
He or she may take a drop of your nasal discharge, looking at it under a microscope for many immune cells called eosinophils, which increase dramatically in number during an allergic reaction.
An allergy specialist (allergist) may be able to determine the exact allergen causing your hay fever. He or she uses a skin test in which dilute solutions of various allergens are introduced into your skin. A positive reaction is indicated by a typical wheal and flare reaction (raised red bump).
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