Over 33 years of experience have provided us with extensive knowledge of patients’ needs and the most common health issues that they may encounter in Egypt. As such, we decided to provide our patients with helpful and practical information on the most common health issues in Egypt and how we can help you with them.
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Our experience and reputation in Egypt as the leading medical laboratory is unsurpassed and we bring the same sense of professionalism and commitment and quality to our newly established diagnostic centre. You can be sure of the quality & accuracy of all our diagnostic tools, because we have qualified and dedicated professionals, including the top notch doctors in the country in addition to using the best equipment and reagents.
What is an Allergy?
Allergies are an abnormal response of the immune system. People who have allergies have an immune system that reacts to a usually harmless substance in the environment. This substance is called an allergen.
What Happens During an Allergic Reaction?
First, a person is exposed to an allergen by inhaling it, swallowing it, or getting it on or under their skin. After a person is exposed to the allergen, a series of events within the immune system creates the allergic reaction.
What are the Causes & Symptoms of an Allergic Reaction?
Common symptoms of an allergic reaction to inhaled or skin allergens include:
Other exposures can cause different allergic reactions:
The severity of allergic reactions’ symptoms can vary widely:
Most symptoms of an allergic reaction go away shortly after the exposure stops.
The most severe allergic reaction is called anaphylaxis. In anaphylaxis, allergens cause a whole-body allergic reaction that can include:
Anaphylaxis is life-threatening and requires immediate medical attention.
Diagnosis & Tests
An important part of diagnosing allergies is a careful evaluation of a patient’s symptoms. In addition to asking questions, the doctor will perform a complete physical exam including skin, eyes, nose, ears, and throat. A doctor will look for inflammation (redness or swelling), drainage, or other signs of allergy symptoms.
These are performed to find out what triggers an allergic reaction and are often used if a patient has a skin condition or is taking medications, such as antihistamines.
Blood tests for allergies include ‘the radioallergosorbent test (RAST)’ and ‘the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) test’. In both, a small amount of blood is taken from the allergy sufferer and analyzed for allergic antibodies to specific antigens.
Skin testing for allergies is used to identify the substances that are causing allergy symptoms. It is often performed by applying an extract of an allergen to skin, scratching or pricking the skin to allow exposure, and then evaluating the skin's reaction. It may also be done by injecting the allergen under the skin, or by applying it to a patch that is worn on the skin for a specified period of time. The procedure varies depending on what type of allergy skin test a patient is having.
al mokhtabar Allergy Diagnostic Unit
We created a special diagnostic unit for the diagnosis of allergy because of the special nature of allergy as a whole and because its diagnosis is often unclear.
Our allergy diagnostic unit will provide you with the following diagnostic tools for allergy:
Once a diagnosis is made, we are also able to provide our patients with short and long term vaccines, in addition to sublingual vaccines for children.
Dr. Ashraf Abdel Hamid and Dr. Farid Hamouda operate the unit which is available in 2 of our branches, Gameat El Dowal branch in Mohamdiseen & Midan El Ismailia branch in Heliopolis.
For more information on the days and hours of the unit, please contact our customer care center on 19014.