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PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2005 10:48 am 
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TUESDAY, March 22 (HealthDay News) -- Sheryl Szeinbach spent four years believing she had multiple allergies.

She spent countless dollars and hours seeing doctors, getting shots and taking drugs. Nothing helped.

Finally, she took a blood test for allergies called ImmunoCap. It came out negative. Twice.

Szeinbach's congestive symptoms, it turned out, were not due to any allergies. Instead, the chlorine in the pool where she swam simply irritated her skin.

"I didn't know the test was out there," she recalled. "There are a lot of people in my situation."

Now Szeinbach, a professor of pharmacy practice and administration at Ohio State University's College of Pharmacy in Columbus, has authored a study concluding that managed-care practice guidelines should encourage use of the test so more primary-care physicians can take advantage of it.


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