Glossary beginning with S
An outdated term for allergenic extracts. In other medical fields, serum refers to blood products, specifically the liquid portion of whole blood, with cellular components and clotting factors removed.
- skin prick test
Testing the patient's allergic response to different allergens by superficially pricking or scratching the skin's surface. If the patient produces an inflammatory response (e.g. Wheal and Flare) then the patient can be diagnosed as having an IgE allergy to that allergen. Also called Percutaneous Test.
An extract that has approved methods for measuring and assigning potency based on an FDA standard reference. These are labeled in Bioequivalent Allergy Units (BAU) or Allergy Units (AU).
- systemic reaction