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March 22, 2023

Patient Service Center Refresh Concludes

Experience the Modern, Contemporary Look of HNL Lab Medicine's New Patient Service Centers. Visit one of HNL Lab Medicine's newly remodeled Patient Service Centers...

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March 20, 2023

Is it Allergies or Something Else?

Spring allergies can be extremely uncomfortable for you and your family, but what if those seasonal allergy symptoms are actually non-allergic rhinitis? Don’t guess, get tested!

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March 15, 2023

Prevention is Key: Tips for Reducing Your Colorectal Cancer Risk

Colorectal cancer is one of the most common cancers in both men and women, and is the fourth leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States¹.

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March 12, 2023

The Importance of a Skilled Phlebotomist: Stories from the Frontlines

We know our superior patient care wouldn’t be possible without our amazing, caring, and skilled phlebotomists. They are the face of HNL Lab Medicine, and they put patients first in all that they do.

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March 06, 2023

HNL Lab Medicine Celebrates International Women’s Day: Advice to Women in Leadership

In honor of International Women’s Day HNL Lab Medicine is proud to be a company supported by women. In fact, women are the backbone of our company…

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News and Stories

March 20, 2023

Spring allergies can be extremely uncomfortable for you and your family, but what if those seasonal allergy symptoms are actually non-allergic rhinitis? Don’t guess, get tested! You can

Save time and money

Healthcare can be expensive. $1.8 billion is spent annually in the U.S. for physicians’ visits and medications¹. Buying the wrong medicine or visiting the wrong provider can waste your money and time.

Don’t undergo ineffective, costly, or inappropriate treatment. Simply getting tested can avoid the hassle of time-consuming visits and expensive medications.

Avoid ine­ffective treatments

Non-allergic rhinitis often mimics seasonal allergy symptoms, such as congestion, watery eyes, and runny nose¹. If you are frustrated and confused because your over-the-counter medications aren't relieving symptoms, diagnostic testing might be a good solution.
one study of patients taking antihistamines chronically for rhinitis symptoms, 65% actually tested negative for allergies, meaning those antihistamines wouldn't work².

A diagnostic blood test can help inform your medical treatment- whether results indicate allergic sensitizations (positive) or not (negative).

Recognize non-allergic triggers

A positive test can identify allergic rhinitis, but there’s no specific test to diagnose non-allergic rhinitis¹. It’s diagnosed through exclusion. If you’ve ruled out allergies with a negative allergy blood test, then you can work with your healthcare provider to identify and manage potential non-allergic triggers. Some non-allergic triggers include certain drugs, spicy foods and alcohol, hormonal changes, viruses and bacteria, cigarette smoke, weather changes, pollution, and chemical irritants¹,³.

A specific blood test, along with your medical history and medical evaluation, can help provide clarification on whether your symptoms are allergic or non-allergic rhinitis. Visit your healthcare provider today to get started on the path to a symptom-free spring!

¹Wheeler, P.W., & Wheeler, S. F. (2005). Vasomotor rhinitis. American Family Physician, 72(6), 1057-1062.
²Szeinbach, S. L., Williams, B., Muntendam, P., & O'Connor, R. D. (2004). Identification of allergic disease among users of antihistamines. Journal of Managed Care Pharmacy: JMCP, 10(3), 234–238.
³Quillen, D. M., & Feller, D. B. (2006). Diagnosing rhinitis: allergic vs. nonallergic. American Family Physician, 73(9), 1583–1590.