Identifying upper respiratory disorder allergy triggers
Upper respiratory disorders (URDs), including rhinitis, sinusitis, and allergic rhinitis, affect tens of millions of Americans.3 Because the cause of URD symptoms may be viral, bacterial, or allergic, a definitive diagnosis is essential to determine appropriate treatment.
- Nearly two-thirds of patients prescribed antihistamines for their reported allergic rhinitis have symptoms that are not due to allergy4
- Results from specific IgE blood tests like ImmunoCAP play a key role in making the correct diagnosis5
- Patients with the following should be tested: recurrent or chronic URD; unseasonal allergy-like symptoms; seasonal or perennial allergy-like symptoms; recurrent otitis media; exogenous asthma and other conditions in which IgE mediation is suspected
- Most respiratory-specific IgE blood testing profiles are targeted to their geographic area, including regional panels