More than 50 million Americans in the US are dealing with allergies. Are you? If so, you may be wondering whether you should get tested. Allergy testing has the ability to tell you if you are allergic to things you’re eating, touching or breathing in. The two most common allergy tests are blood and skin prick tests. While you can get allergy testing from your local drugstore, many of these tests without a qualified doctor performing them aren’t as reliable. This is why you should turn to our medical team for allergy testing.
If you are dealing with allergy symptoms you may be able to benefit from simple over-the-counter medications; however, if medications and lifestyle changes aren’t providing you with the relief you need then it may be time to see a doctor.
Before getting tested, our medical team will talk about your medical history to determine the right allergy testing. The most common allergy test is a skin test, in which your doctor will prick the skin with the allergen to see how your skin responds. The skin test will provide fast results in about 20 minutes.
If you have more severe allergies or you have a skin condition such as psoriasis, your doctor may recommend a blood test instead. Allergy testing can be performed on people of all ages, including children.
Blood tests can detect allergies to,
- Certain medications
- Insect bites and stings
- Pet dander
- Dust mites
If over-the-counter medications aren’t working, then our team may prescribe a stronger antihistamine, steroid spray or decongestant, depending on the symptoms you are experiencing. Steroid creams can also be used to treat allergic skin reactions. Testing is important as it helps you determine what’s causing your allergies so you can also avoid the allergen as much as possible. For those with more severe allergies, you may want to talk with use about the benefits of immunotherapy (aka: allergy shots).