Allergy Testing

Allergy Testing McKinney TX | Skin Allergy Test Plano

Over 500 million people in the United States experience allergies of some sort. Proper assessment and testing of your symptoms is an important step in creating an effective allergy treatment. The first step is to determine which allergens cause a reaction in a patient is to perform allergy testing. At ENT & Allergy Centers of Texas we offer both skin testing and intradermal testing to properly diagnose your symptoms. Once we determine the allergies that a patient has we can then provide the most effective allergy treatment.

Skin Prick Test

Skin testing is an excellent first step in diagnosis. Blood testing and patient history only can provide limited information, while skin testing provides detailed information. At ENT & Allergy Centers of Texas we offer skin prick testing to healthy patients aged 5 and older. The skin test measures which allergen causes an actual reaction.  During this test, the skin is slightly pricked with a drop of allergen. Your skin is exposed to the allergen for about 15-20min while the allergy doctor assesses for any signs of reaction. They will be looking for signs such as redness and/or swelling.
We test a comprehensive panel of allergens based on the common inhaled allergens in the area.  These include trees, molds, grasses, weeds and pet danders.  The results are available in real time and our specialty-trained nurses provide counseling to every patient while they undergo testing.  This allows patient to understand:
  • Their specific allergies
  • Environmental avoidance of allergies
  • Cross-reactive foods
  • Medical treatment options
  • Immunotherapy treatment options including sublingual immunotherapy or injection immunotherapy (Allergy shots)
Allergy testing is well tolerated by patients – even the youngest patients.  Our nurses perform prick testing on the forearm.  We then offer a quantitative testing on the upper arm for our older children and adults.
Once we have the valuable information from allergy testing, we can provide treatment options.

Intradermal Testing

Intradermal testing is very similar to the skin prick test. Instead of pricking the surface of the skin, your Allergy doctor will inject the allergen right under the skin to form a bubble. This procedure is comparable to the common tuberculosis test. The intradermal test heightens skin sensitivity, allowing your doctor to notice any allergic reactions.  This test is very useful for identifying insect sting allergies that are often accompanied with breathing issues in an estimated 13 million Americans. As this test is could provide some discomfort, we only perform this test on adults, or when tolerable for children and young adults.


Allergy Treatment

Once our team has a proper diagnosis of the allergies a patient has we can discuss allergy treatment. We offer a few different options, allergy shots and allergy drops being the most popular.

Allergy Shots

Allergy injections are one type of immunotherapy.  It remains the single most effective treatment option.  Immunotherapy of this type involves the slow administration of increasing doses of the allergen. 

Allergy Drops

Allergy drops given under the tongue can offer many advantages over allergy shots.  First, there are no needles. Allergy drops (also known as sublingual immunotherapy or SLIT) are applied by putting drops of allergen under the tongue. They have the same effect as injection immunotherapy without the needles. 

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To learn more about allergy testing, please call (972) 984-1050 to schedule a consultation at The ENT & Allergy Centers of Texas.

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Locations

McKinney Location
5220 W University Dr Professional Bldg 2 #150
McKinney, TX 75071 | Directions
Allen Location
1111 Raintree Circle Suite 280
Allen, TX 75013 | Directions
Plano Location
4001 W 15th St. Suite 225
Plano, TX 75093 | Directions

972.984.1050
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