Genetics and Allergies: How Pharmacogenetic Testing Can Help

Genetics and Allergies: How Pharmacogenetic Testing Can Help

Genetics and allergies are two factors that play a major role in determining an individual's response to medications. While allergies can cause adverse reactions to certain drugs, genetics can also greatly influence how a person's body will process and metabolize medication and pharmacogenetic (PGx) testing comes into play. This newer approach to patient care is gaining popularity and can revolutionize the way we treat a wide range of medical conditions.

What is PGx Testing?

What is PGx Testing?

PGx testing comes from a field of study that examines the genetic makeup of patients to understand their response to certain drugs. Genes determine how the body processes and utilizes consumables including medication, which means that not all drugs work the same for everyone. In some cases, certain medications may even cause harmful side effects due to genetic variations. Allergies, on the other hand, refer to the body's immune response to substances that are normally harmless to others.

Allergy Identification Through PGx Testing

Allergy Identification Through PGx Testing

While there are various types of allergies, the most common ones are food allergies, environmental allergies (such as pollen, dust, and animal dander), and medication allergies. In the case of medication allergies, individuals may experience adverse reactions to certain drugs, even if they have taken them before without any problems. Trial and error is often the only method to determine if a specific drug will cause adverse reactions but PGx testing can analyze an individual's genetic makeup, to identify genetic variations that may affect their response to certain medications.

Ensuring Better Treatment

Ensuring Better Treatment

Pharmacogenetic testing can also be particularly useful for individuals with severe allergies who may have limited options for medication. For example, those with severe penicillin allergies may have difficulty finding alternative antibiotics that work for them. With pharmacogenetic testing, doctors can determine which antibiotics will be safe and effective, based on their patient's genetic profile.

Next Genomix Testing For Patients

Next Genomix Testing For Patients

At Next Genomix Laboratories, our team is proud to offer a wide range of PGx testing options to help physicians, providers, and medical professionals ensure effective, safe, and reliable treatment for their patients. From biopsies to blood and saliva testing, our team can help shed light on the mystery of genetic predispositions.

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PGx testing offers a personalized approach to patient care by identifying genetic variations that may impact medication responses. This innovative approach may improve treatment outcomes for a wide range of medical conditions, so contact us to request a test today!

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