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How are respiratory allergies diagnosed?

In order to diagnose respiratory allergies, a doctor will need to examine you and have you describe your symptoms. In most cases, a skin test is administered to determine possible allergens. During a skin test, doctors use a needle to prick tiny amounts of potential allergens into the skin. A doctor will then monitor the area of skin to watch for a reaction. If the area of skin becomes swollen, the person is allergic to that particular substance. Talk to your doctor to find out more about skin tests.

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