What Can I Expect From Allergy Testing?

Medical team performing an allergy test on the forearm of a young female patient

Allergies are a common condition affecting millions of people worldwide. They are caused by the body’s immune system overreacting to harmless substances like pollen, dust, mold, or pet dander. Allergies can manifest in a wide range of symptoms, from sneezing and runny nose to more severe conditions like shortness of breath and anaphylaxis, which can be life-threatening.

At The ENT & Allergy Centers of Texas, we understand the impact allergies can have on your daily life. That’s why we offer comprehensive allergy testing to determine what you are allergic to and create a personalized treatment plan to alleviate your symptoms.

Allergy Testing at The ENT & Allergy Centers of Texas

There are various ways to test for allergies, including skin prick testing, blood tests, and patch testing. Skin prick testing is the most common method we use to test for allergies. This method involves placing a small drop of a potential allergen on your skin and then lightly pricking the skin’s surface to let the allergen enter the skin. This testing is generally done on the arm or back.

At our clinic, we test patients from the age of 5 and older for a range of common allergens like weeds, mold, grasses, pet dander, and trees. Depending on your symptoms, we will test you for anywhere from 10 to 50 allergens at one time.

If you are allergic to any of the allergens, you may experience symptoms like redness, itching, or swelling at the testing site. This reaction usually occurs within 15-20 minutes after the test. The staff at The ENT & Allergy Centers of Texas will monitor you closely during this time to ensure your safety.

Is Allergy Testing Painful?

Many patients find that the scratching part of allergy testing isn’t painful, but the itching sensation from the allergens can be uncomfortable. However, our team is always available to provide you with an oral or topical antihistamine to alleviate any itching or discomfort.

Treating Allergies

Once we have identified what you are allergic to, we will develop a personalized treatment plan to manage your symptoms. Treatment options can include over-the-counter or prescription medication, allergy shots, or sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT). We will work closely with you to determine the best course of action to help you manage your allergies and improve your quality of life.

If you’re experiencing allergy symptoms, don’t wait any longer to find relief. Contact The ENT & Allergy Centers of Texas today to schedule an appointment for allergy testing.

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