Ready for Allergy Testing? Here’s What You Need to Know


What Exactly is Allergy Testing?

Allergy testing is like an investigation into your immune system. It helps identify the specific allergens that trigger your allergic reactions. By pinpointing your triggers, you can take targeted steps to treat them!

Types of Allergy Testing

  • Skin Prick Test: This is the most common form of allergy testing. A small amount of allergen extract is placed on your skin, and then a tiny prick or scratch is made to allow the allergen to enter your skin. If you’re allergic to the substance, you’ll develop a small bump or hive at the site within about 15-20 minutes. This is a very safe, reliable and sensitive method to determine what you are allergic to.
  • Blood Test: This test involves drawing blood to measure your immune system’s response to specific allergens. While it’s less sensitive than skin prick testing, it can be useful for people who can’t undergo skin testing.

Preparing for Allergy Testing

Before your allergy testing appointment, there are a few things you should keep in mind:

  • Avoid Antihistamines: Some allergy medications can interfere with test results, so it’s best to avoid taking antihistamines for a certain period before your appointment. Your doctor will provide specific instructions on when to stop taking them. There are other types of medications that can also negatively affect a skin test. Our office can provide a list of medications to avoid.
  • Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water in the days leading up to your appointment to ensure your skin is well-hydrated for the skin prick test.

What Happens After Allergy Testing?

Once your allergens have been identified, your doctor will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan. This may include lifestyle changes, medications or allergy shots to help desensitize your immune system to specific triggers.

Ready to Take the Next Step?

If your symptoms are affecting your day-to-day life, it’s time to consider allergy testing. Schedule a consultation with our team at Southwest Allergy and Asthma Center to discuss your symptoms and determine the best course of action. Don’t let allergies hold you back from living your best life!

This entry was posted in Allergies, Allergy, Asthma on April 23, 2024 by

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