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Are you experiencing symptoms like sneezing, watery eyes, or itchy skin, but are unsure of the cause? Learn your reactivity to common inhalation allergens that may be triggering symptoms, including grasses, trees, moulds, dust, and pet allergens. Identifying specific allergens can allow you to take steps to reduce your exposure and alleviate chronic symptoms.

Test method: Dried blood spot test

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30 Inhalation Allergens
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About allergies
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About the test

About the test

This test measures IgE reactivity to 30 different inhalation allergens. The level of IgE response to each environmental allergen can indicate a potential allergy, which should be further investigated with a healthcare professional.

This test will detect your reactivity to the following allergens:

Category Allergy
Animals Dog, cat, rabbit, horse
Mites Dust mites (Dermatophagoides pte, Dermatophagoides farinae, Blomia tropicalis), Flour mite (Acarus siro)
Moulds Candida Albicans, Aspergillus fumigatus, Alternaria alternata
Grass Pollens Bermuda grass, Orchard grass, Timothy grass, Meadow Grass, Cultivated rye, Cultivated wheat
Tree Pollens Silver birch, Hazel, Oak, Olive, London plane, Italian cypress, American Ash
Weed Pollens Ragweed, Mugwort, English Plantain, Wall Pellitory
Other Cockroach, Latex



How does an allergy test work?

This test uses Dried Blood Spot (DBS) testing methods to obtain a blood sample. The test kit will be delivered to your home and contains all materials needed to complete the sample. To collect the sample, you must prick yourself using the enclosed disposable lancets and deposit a small quantity of blood onto the paper blood spot card provided. After collecting the sample, send the materials to one of our certified partner laboratories by using the prepaid return envelope. Once the test results are available, they will be reviewed by a doctor and shared with you. 

Does this test control for cross-reactions?

Cross-reactions in allergies occur when the proteins in one allergen are similar to proteins in another allergen. This can mean that the IgE antibodies that are produced against one allergen may also bind to other allergens, creating an allergic response. For example, someone with a tree pollen allergy may also experience a reaction to apples, as these allergens are very similar. 

Homed-IQ’s allergy tests take many known cross-reactions into account by examining the specific components that make up an allergen, allowing for differentiations to be made between similar allergens. While this reduces the likelihood of your test results being affected by cross-reactivity, certain test results may require additional analysis due to potential cross-reactions. Therefore, we always recommend that you discuss all test results with an allergy specialist.


Inhalation allergies often causes rhinitis, a condition involving a runny nose, sneezing, and itching. This is also known as hay fever, and affects millions of people worldwide. 

Understanding what allergens you are reactive to is the first step towards getting to the root of your symptoms, breathing easier, and enjoying every season. Consider Homed-IQ’s Inhalation Allergy test as your pathway to a clearer, more enjoyable daily life.

Common inhalation allergy symptoms

  • Runny nose, roof of mouth, or throat
  • Mucus that runs down the back of your throat (postnasal drip)
  • Sneezing
  • Watery or itchy eyes
  • Hives
  • Headache
  • Earache
  • Cough

About allergies

What are allergies?

Allergies occur when the body’s immune system reacts abnormally after being exposed to certain substances that it perceives as a threat. These substances are known as allergens. During this reaction, your immune system releases a number of chemicals to protect the body and prevent the spread of the allergen, causing allergic reaction symptoms. These symptoms can include a runny nose, watery eyes, sneezing, and itching. Allergic reactions can occur to a variety of things, such as food, medications, pollen, dust, or animals. Allergies to substances that are not easily seen in our environment, like pollen or certain trees, can be particularly hard to identify and are usually generalized as “hayfever”. However, knowing the specific allergens you are sensitive to can help you avoid exposure and reduce chronic symptoms of allergies.

What are IgE antibodies?

Allergic reactions are caused by a specific antibody in the immune system called immunoglobulin E (IgE). Testing the amount of IgE in your blood in response to certain allergens can indicate whether your body may develop an allergic reaction to certain substances or not. The amount of IgE in your blood cannot indicate specific symptoms in response to an allergen or their severity, but can point to potential allergy triggers that should be investigated further.

This test assesses your IgE reactivity to 30 common indoor and outdoor allergens using a simple finger-prick blood sample that can be taken from home. The results of this test can be used to make efforts to remove the allergen from your home and immediate surroundings, or direct allergy treatment to alleviate symptoms.

About the test result

What does the result mean?

This test examines how your immune system responds to 30 specific environmental allergens by measuring whether an IgE immune response occurs. A positive reaction may indicate a sensitivity or allergy to these substances. It is important to discuss your test results with a physician if there is an allergic reaction. Together, you can determine if further steps are necessary for a definitive diagnosis of allergy.

You will receive a detailed summary of your reaction to each of the allergens, ranked by degree of reactivity.

If my test result is reactive, does that mean I definitely have an allergy?

Not necessarily. An allergy test alone cannot diagnose an allergy. Allergy test results must be interpreted by a doctor along with your symptom history. They may also order additional tests to confirm the allergy. Use your results as a basis for further discussion with an allergy specialist or healthcare provider to determine the best course of action.

What guidance will I get with my results?

Your test results will indicate your IgE reactivity level to each of the 30 allergens tested, ranging from very low to very high. Along with these results, you’ll receive detailed information on each allergen and guidance on when and where you may encounter it. While the reactivity level doesn’t directly predict your reaction to allergens, it helps identify possible sources of your symptoms, aiding in seasonal preparations or home environment adjustments.


Class Reactivity
0: No reactivity No IgE reactivity. These allergens are unlikely to cause symptoms.
1 to 2: Low reactivity Low IgE reactivity has been detected to these allergens. You may have an allergy to these environmental allergens if you experience adverse symptoms after inhaling them. If you encounter symptoms, speak to your doctor about potential diagnosis and treatment for allergies.
3 to 4: Significant reactivity Significant IgE reactivity has been detected to these allergens. You may have an allergy to these environmental allergens if you experience adverse symptoms after inhaling them. If you encounter symptoms, speak to your doctor about potential diagnosis and treatment for allergies.
5 to 6: High reactivity High IgE reactivity has been detected to these allergens. You may have an allergy to these environmental allergens if you experience adverse symptoms after inhaling them. If you encounter symptoms, speak to your doctor about potential diagnosis and treatment for allergies.


Results preview

What will my test results look like?

Your test results come with an explanation of your reactivity to each allergen and what that could mean for your allergy symptoms. It also includes information about the allergen, where you may encounter it, and the specific times of year you should watch out for it. This is specifically relevant for tree, weed, and grass pollens, that can peak at specific moments during the year.

Your test result also comes with a downloadable laboratory report that you can bring to your doctor or an allergist for further testing and investigation. Allergies can be diagnosed by a doctor through a combination of test results, symptom history, and a physical examination.

How does it work?

Order your test
After you have placed the order, your test kit will be delivered within a few days in discreet packaging.
Activate and take your sample
After the online activation of the test kit, you can collect the test sample and return it to the lab for analysis.
Receive your test result
A certified laboratory will analyze your test and share it with our medical team, after which you receive the results in your account.

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Frequently asked questions

Is this an allergy test?

Yes, this is a test for IgE-mediated allergy response. Non-IgE mediated reactions, such as food sensitivities or intolerances, cannot be measured by this test. The results of this test indicate IgE reactivity to certain allergens. However, it is possible elevated IgE levels are not associated with allergy symptoms. The results of this test should be interpreted with whether symptoms occur after exposure to the allergen. Allergy diagnosis should be confirmed with a doctor who can review your history of symptoms, and not from test results alone.

What are allergies?

Allergies are strong, immediate immune reactions to a particular substance, also known as an allergen. Allergens can include foods, medications, pollens, dust mites, or spores. This reaction causes a release of histamines and IgE antibodies, prompting symptoms such as hives, difficulty breathing, low blood pressure, tingling mouth, and swelling of the eyes, lips, tongue, and throat. 

What causes allergies?

The cause of allergies is still unclear, but there are many theories. One possibility, according to researchers, is genetics. Many studies have found that allergies can be hereditary, meaning children are more likely to have allergies if their parents had them too. Diet and environmental factors, including exposure to allergens during childhood, are also believed to play a role in allergy development, but there is no conclusive evidence on exactly how this occurs.

How long does it take to obtain my allergy test result?

Once the sample has reached our laboratory, results can be obtained in a matter of hours. Generally, it usually takes a total of 2-4 weeks for the results to be made available.

Can you see an allergy in blood?

Blood tests are one way to detect and diagnose allergies. Allergy blood tests measure the amount of allergen-specific IgE antibodies in the blood. If IgE antibodies are elevated for a specific allergen it may mean that you have an allergy. Allergy blood tests are recommended if skin testing is not possible, such as if a large number of allergens need to be tested or there is a risk of a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis). Blood testing for allergies is a valuable testing method that is easy to use. However, there is always a chance of false negative or positive results, particularly for allergens known for cross-reactivity. All test results from an allergy blood test should be confirmed with a healthcare professional before an allergy diagnosis can be made. 

Who should take this test? 

This test is ideal for anyone experiencing symptoms like a stuffy nose, sneezing, itchy eyes, coughing, skin rashes, fatigue, or headaches, which may indicate allergies. Often, these symptoms are confused with the common cold, making allergies hard to diagnose. Allergies are a significant health concern, with various triggers including pollen, pet dander, moulds, and household pests.

What is an allergic reaction?

An allergic reaction happens when your immune system mistakenly treats harmless substances like pollen or pet dander as threats, triggering IgE antibodies to release histamine. This leads to symptoms such as sneezing, coughing, and itchy eyes. Allergies can vary from mild to severe and may be seasonal or year-round, depending on exposure levels to these allergens.  

How does this test compare to other types of allergy tests?

In Western-Europe, allergy testing typically involves either a skin prick test or a blood test. The skin prick test involves exposing your skin to allergens to see how you react, while a RAST blood test measures your IgE antibody levels against various allergens. While skin prick tests are usually cheaper, their cost can vary based on health insurance, and they require a doctor's visit due to the risk of immediate allergic reactions. They also can't be conducted if you're on antihistamines or have certain skin conditions. Blood tests, on the other hand, are a less invasive option that doesn't require stopping medication and can be done without direct exposure to allergens. Our at-home test offers the convenience of checking IgE levels without a visit to the doctor, testing for common inhalation allergens. It's a practical choice for those seeking to understand their allergies from the comfort of home.  

How long does it take to obtain a test result?

Once the sample has reached our laboratory, results can be obtained in a matter of days. You will receive an email notification when your sample reaches the laboratory and when the results are available. 

What is hay fever?

Also known as allergic rhinitis, hay fever is an allergic reaction that causes sneezing, runny nose, and watery, itchy eyes. Hay fever is caused by the nose or eyes coming into contact with environmental allergens, such as pollens, grass, dust mites, or animal fur. Hay fever is usually worse between late March and September, especially when it's warm, humid and windy. This is when the pollen count is at its highest.

What is the difference between hay fever and allergies?

Hayfever is a type of allergic reaction that occurs in response to common airborne substances in the world around us, such as pollen or dust. While many allergic reactions occur after eating or touching a certain allergen, many of the causes of hay fever are invisible to the human eye. This can cause long-term (chronic) symptoms that can be mistaken as a cold or other illness, and can be difficult to avoid. Hay fever is often seasonal, meaning it occurs when trees, grasses, and weeds release pollen into the air. 

How can I avoid hayfever?

Most people manage hay fever by avoiding allergens in their daily life, as well as using medications such as antihistamines and nasal sprays. Allergy testing can also help to identify potential triggers for hay fever in order to help you to avoid them in the future. It’s important to note that an allergy diagnosis must be made in consultation with a doctor who can consider your test results in conjunction with your symptom history.