What types of allergy testing is available?
- Posted on: Mar 15 2020
When individuals are dealing with allergies, they may be wondering what exactly is triggering their symptoms. With the team at ENT and Allergy Centers of Texas, we believe the first step in finding relief starts with allergy testing. Allergy testing is an effective way to determine the cause of the patient’s reaction to help not only educate them on their triggers, but to find a treatment option that works for their unique situation.
What is allergy testing?
Allergy testing is a method of determining the source of a patient’s allergic reactions. We offer two types of testing, including skin testing and intradermal testing.
- Skin testing – also known as the skin prick test, this test can be performed on patients five years or older. A slight prick of the skin is made with a drop of allergen. After a 20 minute wait, the doctor will evaluate the results and look for signs of allergic reaction, including redness and swelling in the area of the prick. This test can be used for environmental allergies to help provide comprehensive readings and reliable results.
- Intradermal testing – another method of testing for allergies is done with intradermal testing. This is similar to traditional skin testing, but instead, the allergen is injected immediately under the skin. This type of testing is best for determining insect skin allergies. It is primarily performed on adults as it can be uncomfortable for children and teenagers.
Which allergy testing is right for me?
We encourage patients to consult with our professionals to determine the best allergy testing method right for their needs. Our doctors will ask questions to patients to determine the possible allergen and test accordingly.
Call the ENT and Allergy Centers of Texas today!
With locations in the areas of Plano, Celina, McKinney, and Allen, TX, patients have options when it comes to seeking assistance for allergies. If you are ready to work with our team and have allergy testing completed, we welcome you to book an appointment by calling (972) 984-1050. We are here and committed to helping patients seek relief with a proper diagnosis and individualized treatment plans.
Posted in: Allergies