The most important step in controlling allergy symptoms
Many people with allergies try to find the cause of their allergies. They might think they are allergic to grass only to find out that they are very allergic to mold. They might swear they’re allergic to cats and find out that it’s the dust mites that are causing the problem. And, these different allergic triggers warrant slightly different treatment plans.
SKIN ALLERGY TEST – The Most Important Step
So the very first step in achieving effective control of your allergy symptoms is identifying your personal allergy triggers, especially if you have had little success in treating your symptoms. This is accomplished by undergoing allergy skin testing by a certified allergist. During an appointment with the allergist, your triggers will be identified and a treatment plan that could be as simple as making a few changes in your home environment will be discussed.
SKIN ALLERGY TEST – No needles
No needles are used to test for allergens such as grasses, trees, weeds, molds, dust mites, and foods. To test, your skin, usually your back, will be brushed with the tip of a plastic applicator to which a drop of each allergen has been applied. Most patients say the procedure is tickling or they don’t feel anything. A few patients say the procedure tingles or looks like a small scratch. Once the allergen is applied, the results are read in about 20 minutes by a nurse. The nurse will look at how much hives are growing on your skin. As the hives grow, you might feel itchy. The size and redness of the hive helps the allergist determine which allergens are causing your allergic reaction. After the nurse has documented the results of the skin test, lotion will be applied to your skin to relieve the itching.
A collection of over 100 skin test allergens
You don’t want to miss out on being tested for something you’re allergic to. That’s why over 100 test allergens are stored in every Allergy and Asthma Specialist location. It is very important that a skin allergy testing center has a large collection of testing allergens. Some facilities may limit the number of allergen tests to the most common types of grasses, trees, animal dander, and food. At Allergy & Asthma Specialists, you can be tested for the most common offenders such as pollen and everything more rare, from lettuce to parakeet feathers to rare forms of mold.
Infants, children and adults can be tested comfortably and reliably.
During your visit, the allergist will take a complete medical and environmental history to help you determine your personalized skin test panel. An effective test panel can generally consist of 48 to 68 allergens. Once the test results have been read and evaluated and the triggers identified, the allergist will develop a treatment plan that could be as simple as identifying the right medication or tips for avoiding the allergen.
The best time for allergy testing – anytime
You don’t need to feel any allergy symptoms at the time of your test visit to be evaluated for allergies. Our skin testing methods will accurately determine which allergens are causing your symptoms, even if you are not.
In fact, if you suffer from seasonal allergies, it is wise to start your treatment plan before the difficult time of year.
The best result – Improved quality of life
People who have suffered from allergy symptoms for a long time often don’t realize how much better they can feel. You sleep more soundly. You lose dark circles under your eyes or find relief from itchy red eyes. You stop sniffling, coughing, or clearing your throat. Most patients whose allergies are correctly diagnosed and treated see a dramatic improvement in their quality of life. And this is a most important achievement.
A visit to the allergist will help identify your allergic triggers and develop a treatment plan.
All of Allergy & Asthma Specialists’ physicians are certified in allergology and clinical immunology. You can easily make an appointment in one of eight convenient locations, and we can usually determine the source of your allergies in a single visit using skin tests without the use of needles. To learn more, contact us today at 1-800-86-COUGH, or Click here to visit our website with information about the location closest to you.
Make an appointment at one of the 8 convenient online locations or call 610-825-5800, ext. 2.