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Best Allergy Test in Hong Kong? We compared the top 5 clinics!

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Allergens are ubiquitous; they are one of the many illnesses that have prolonged inconvenienced in many people’s lives. It is triggered when the body has a hypersensitive reaction to harmless substances in the environment. Often times, reactions such as rashes, asthma, and rhinitis would occur as a consequence of being in contact with eggs, peanuts, dust mites, etc.

 

The cause of allergy is nothing more than a sensitive reaction to stuff caused by the environment or food. Consequently, the allergy tests on the market are mainly conducted in these two areas. Food stimulation tests, skin patch tests, and IgE blood tests, etc. can help to find out what type of allergies occur in the patient. If you want to find the causes of your allergic response, we highly recommend you take an allergy test as soon as possible! This article introduces the different types of tests available and compares the best places to get examined.



What is an Allergy? An Introduction to Allergies

The main reason why people suffer from allergic symptoms is because of the inflammatory response of the body's immune system to certain substances. When the immune system encounters allergens, it will create immunoglobulins (IgE), also known as antibodies, specifically for these allergens.

 

When mast cells are stimulated by IgE, they will release endocrines such as Histamine and Prostaglandin, and cause a series of allergic symptoms, including skin rash, vomiting, and runny nose. It may cause difficulty in breathing due to swelling of the trachea, and sudden shock due to a drop in blood pressure. Both are fatal, so it is important to find out the cause of your allergies as early as possible.

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Common Types of Allergies

The allergen itself is actually a substance that is not harmful to the body, but the immune system misjudges it and produces an incorrect overreaction. The causes of allergies can be divided into:

  • Genetic factors: If one of the parents has allergies, there is a good chance that the allergy will be passed on to the next generation
  • Environmental factors: Substances present in the environment may be the culprits of sensitization, and these substances can be divided into inhalation, contact, and food allergens according to their properties.
  • Inhalation allergens: Substances that cause inhalation allergies, including pollen, dust mites, animal hair, and dander, can cause symptoms such as runny nose and sneezing
  • Contact allergens: When the allergens come into contact with the skin and "allergic contact dermatitis" occurs, skincare products, handbags, metals, and perfumes can all induce a series of skin allergy symptoms
  • Food allergens: milk, eggs, peanuts, and seafood are all common food allergens, and usually cause gastrointestinal symptoms after eating

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How Many Options are there for Allergy Testing?

As mentioned above, just as there are different allergens, there are also different allergy tests that can be divided into several categories to more accurately identify the problem.

 

  1. Food allergens
    • Food Stimulation Test: Mainly used to test food allergies. Under the supervision of medical staff, eat specific foods to observe whether allergic reactions will occur

  2. Contact allergen
    • FSkin prick test: A small amount of allergen is pierced into the skin, causing a local allergic reaction. The result can be obtained within 15-20 minutes
    • Skin patch test: put a waterproof test sticker on the back with 10 common allergens. After 48 hours of contact, you can judge by the allergic reaction on the skin

  3. All allergens
    • Blood test: There are two types of blood tests: IgE and IgG. The Hong Kong Allergy Association interviewed an allergy and clinical immunology specialist, Adrian Wu. During the dialogue, he expressed a lack of confidence in the results produced by the IgG tests and suggested that IgE is instead, very much preferred and used in the medical field. The IgE blood test can be divided into two kinds: Faber allergy test and quick sensitivity allergy test.
      • Faber allergy test: third-generation IgE allergy test, using nanotechnology, requires less than 200uL of serum to detect 150 allergens, but the test takes a long time. It takes roughly 3 to 20 working days to get a report
      • Quick-sensitivity test: the test does not need to draw blood, just take 7-9 drops of blood from the "finger" to detect 16 kinds of environment and 19 food allergens at the same time, usually covering 90% of common allergens. The report will be available the day after the test

 

Doctors generally recommend IgE blood tests, because allergy symptoms are divided into "immediate" and "delayed". Only blood tests can identify allergens of "delayed" allergies; while in IgE blood tests, the Faber allergy test is more comprehensive, especially for people suffering from allergies.

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Details of 5 Test Centers and their Allergy Test Plans

 

  Fast Check IgE
Allergy Blood Test
Fast Check (Food) IgE
Allergy Blood Test
Faber IgE blood test(molecular levelby nanotechnology) IgE Pro Allergy Test
 
Center Hong Kong Allergy Test Center ApexHealth
Price $2,500 $1,600 $6,000 $2,680
Location(s) Wan Chai, Mong Kok, Kwun Tong Mong Kok
Allergen 36 24 150 62
Specialties and Remarks No need to draw blood, just prick a fingertip to collect a few drops of blood The price is relatively cheap The latest multiple detection technologies Suitable for people suffering from allergies
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  Fashcheck PRO20 Food Allergy Testing Environmental
Allergy Profile
Basic Skin Prick Test
 

Center Hello Kitty
Health Centre
KingMed HKS&H
Price $2,800 $1,770 $2,860 - First consultation
Location(s) Tsim Sha Tsui Tsim Sha Tsui, Mong Kok, Central,
Causeway Bay, Kwun Tong, Tsuen Wan
Happy Valley
Allergen 36 39 32 N/A
Specialties and Remarks No need to draw blood, just prick a fingertip to collect a few drops of blood Suitable for people of any age who are sensitive to food Suitable for people of any age who are sensitive due to environmental exposure /
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⇓⇓ Want to know more about allergy tests? ⇓⇓

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1. Hong Kong Allergy Test Center

Recommendation: Fast Check IgE Allergy Blood Test

  • Specialties and remarks: No need to draw blood, just prick a fingertip to collect a few drops of blood. Blood will be pricked from the foot of infants under 2 years of age.
  • 36 allergen tests
  • Price: $2,500

 

Recommendation: Fast Check (Food) IgE Allergy Blood Test

  • Specialties and remarks: The price is relatively cheap
  • 24 allergen tests
  • Price: $1,600

 

Recommendation: Faber IgE blood test (molecular level by nanotechnology)

  • Specialties and remarks: Suitable for children and adults over 8 months old. The main objective is to check for food allergies, inhalation allergens, and other items
  • The sample is tested and analyzed by the Italian team, and the test is provided by the European Union CAAM
  • Over 150 allergen tests
  • Price: $6,000

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2. ApexHealth

Recommendation: IgE Pro Allergy Test

  • Specialties and remarks: Suitable for people suffering from allergies, as well as patients with acute allergic symptoms (eg: allergic rhinitis, stuffy nose, runny nose, asthma, eczema, urticaria, etc.)
  • 62 allergen tests
  • Price: $2,680

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3. Hello Kitty Health Centre

Recommendation: Fastcheck PRO20

  • Specialties and remarks: No need to draw blood, just prick a fingertip to collect a few drops of blood. Blood will be pricked from the foot of infants under 2 years of age.
  • 36 allergen tests
  • Price: $2,800

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4. KingMed Diagnostics

Recommendation: Food Allergy Testing

  • Specialties and remarks: Suitable for people of any age who are sensitive to food. An extra blood lipid test combination (cholesterol test) is provided.
  • 39 allergen tests
  • Price: $1,770

 

Recommendation: EnvironmentalAllergy Profile

  • Specialties and remarks: Suitable for people of any age who are sensitive to food. An extra blood lipid test combination (cholesterol test) is provided.
  • 32 allergen tests
  • Price: $1,770

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5. Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital

Recommendation: Basic Skin Prick Test

  • Specialties and remarks: A series of airborne allergens can be tested, such as grass and trees, pollen, house dust mites and animals
  • Price: $2,680 - Includes first time consultation

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Allergy Test Plan List

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Allergy test plans Price

Hong Kong Allergy Test Center: Fast Check IgE Allergy Blood Test

  • 36 allergen tests

$2,500

Hong Kong Allergy Test Center: Fast Check (Food) IgE Allergy Blood Test

  • 24 allergen tests
$1,600

Hong Kong Allergy Test Center: Faber IgE blood test (molecular level by nanotechnology)

  • 150 allergen tests
$6,000

ApexHealth: IgE Pro Allergy Test

  • 62 allergen tests
$2,680

Hello Kitty Health Centre: Fastcheck PRO20

  • 36 allergen tests
$2,800

KingMed Diagnostic- Food Allergy Profile

  • 39 allergen tests
$1,770

King Med Diagnostic- Environmental Allergy Profile

  • 32 allergen tests
$1,770

Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital: Basic Skin Prick Test

$2,860 - First consultation

 

If you would like to learn more about the various allergy test plans, you can compare and select the one that best suits your needs.

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