Who can order an imaware™ test?
This test is only for adults aged 18 and older. Unfortunately, this test is not available in the state of New York due to state regulations.
If I find out I have allergy triggers, how do I deal with them?
If you have elevated IgE levels for any indoor, outdoor, or food allergies, a board-certified allergist can work with you to create a program that helps to alleviate symptoms. This can include the use of antihistamine and other medications, allergen avoidance and immunotherapy.
Is a food allergy the same as a food sensitivity?
No. A food allergy (measured by IgE) is not the same as a sensitivity to food, which is typically found through an extensive elimination diet while working with a dietitian. A food allergy is more serious and can have much more severe consequences if left unchecked, while a food sensitivity would not involve an immune response. Read our guide to food allergy vs food intolerance.
I took a food sensitivity test, is this the same thing?
No. There is no true, science-based test for food sensitivities. The food sensitivity tests on the market are not recommended by allergists, as they can actually show a tolerance to food which is the opposite of what you’re trying to test for! For an elimination-based approach to food sensitivities, you must test negative for celiac disease or an IgE wheat allergy. We offer a celiac disease screening test and an IgE allergies test that also tests for the top 8 food allergens.
How should I prepare for this test?
Unlike skin prick tests (also called puncture or scratch tests), you do not need to avoid antihistamines or allergy medication for an IgE blood test. Make sure you are well-hydrated before taking the test so you can provide a sufficient sample. Please also return your sample via delivery carrier on the same day.
What will my results tell me?
Your results will tell you if you have elevated IgE levels for the 68 individual allergens we test for. However, like all IgE allergy tests, it won’t diagnose you with a specific allergy. However, you can use your results and work with a board-certified allergist on a plan of action. This might include creating a food journal, avoidance of allergens and/or in-office oral challenges to confirm an allergy, prescribing epinephrine autoinjectors or offering immunotherapy. IgE allergies can be dangerous and life-threatening, so we urge you to follow-up with an allergist after taking our test.
Who should take this test?
This test will benefit anyone suffering — or suspect they may be suffering — from symptoms relating to indoor, outdoor, animal, insect or food allergens. These symptoms include:
- Runny nose
- Watery or itchy eyes
- Scratchy throat upon exposure to an allergen.
An IgE allergy test will help you identify specific allergens that might be causing your symptoms.
Can my doctor use imaware™ results?
Yes. All of our tests are performed by CLIA-certified labs, the gold standard in lab testing quality regulation. Within your results report you will also find detailed information intended for your healthcare professional. They can use this information to interpret your test results clearly. To see an example of this, you can request a sample report at the top of this page.
Are imaware™ results as accurate as a lab-based test?
Yes. Not only are your results as accurate as traditional lab tests, but we’re actually the first at-home small volume blood testing company to have our data and methods peer-reviewed by the scientific and medical community — which helps validate our claims and our results reports. Read more about our peer review and scientific validation.
How do I receive my test results?
You’ll receive an email from us within 7 days of your sample return. The email will contain a link to view and download your test results on our secure digital health platform once they’ve been analyzed by our labs and reviewed by a doctor.
Are imaware™ test results reviewed by a doctor?
Yes, all our test results are reviewed by a physician during the lab analysis process to ensure the third party validation of your results.
My state requires physician orders for tests like imaware™. Do you provide this for me?
Yes, we provide physician orders for every test in every state (even those that do not require them). You don’t need to get a prescription or pay extra for this service as it’s included in the purchase price of each test.