How to Take the Test


Helpful Pointers


General

  • •   Each blood spot collection card is for one time use only. Do not recollect blood on a previously blood-dried spot.
  • •   Missing or incomplete information on the test requisition form will delay the processing time of your specimen.
 

Diet

  • •   Adhere to your usual dietary habits unless specified by your doctor, consuming a wide variety of foods when possible a couple of           weeks prior to blood draw.
  • •   Avoid any food that previously resulted in an adverse reaction or anaphylaxis.
 

Medications

  • •   Immunosuppressive drugs such as oral or intransal corticosteroids (e.g.: prednisone, beclomethasone, fluticasone, triamcinolone) and topical cortisone suspensions and creams, may affect test results for antibody assessment. The suggested time period to abstain from these is 4 weeks unless specified by your health care practitioner.
  • •   Consult you health care practitioner before making any changes to your current medication regimen.
 

PRECAUTIONS

  • •   DO NOT PERFORM THE TEST IF YOU ARE TAKING BLOOD THINNING MEDICATIONS OR IF YOU HAVE A BLOOD CLOTTING DISORDER UNLESS SUPERVISED BY YOUR HEALTH CARE PRACTITIONER.
  • •   A LANCET SHOULD ONLY BE USED ONCE.
  • •   A LANCET SHOULD NOT BE USED ON CHILDREN YOUNGER THAN 1 YEAR.
  • •   THE LANCET PROVIDED HAS A NEEDLE DEPTH OF 2MM.CAUTION IS ADVISED FOR USE ON YOUNG CHILDREN WHO MAY HAVE AN INSUFFICIENT FINGER-SURFACE-TO-BONE/CARTILAGE DEPTH. USE MAY RESULT IN INJURY. CONSULT YOUR HEALTH CARE PRACTITIONER.