Tag Archives: Histamine

What will happen if I have a skin prick test?

A small amount of allergen is put just under the skin to produce a localised reaction. This looks like a wheal (bump) and flare (redness) at the puncture site. The type of allergen used is decided after consultation with medical staff and based on each person’s medical history and symptoms . Roughly between 6-15 allergens […]

The Histamine/Methacholine Challenge Test

During the Histamine/Methacoline test: You will have resting Spirometry taken before starting the challenge test. You will be asked to breathe in a small amount of the irritant for 2 minutes through a nebuliser. You will have Spirometry repeated within 90 seconds after the nebuliser stops. This is then repeated, gradually increasing the strength of […]

Histamine/Methacholine/Mannitol Challenge Test – Why is this test done?

This test is done to show how your lungs respond to irritation and exercise at the same time. You are carefully monitored during the test by a physiologist. It will help your respiratory specialists to plan the most effective treatment for you. The challenge test involves breathing in an irritant that may cause the airways […]