Interested In Allergy Testing?

How allergy testing from your doctor in Conyers, and Loganville GA, can help you feel better

If you are coughing or wheezing, or have itchy, watery eyes, you could have allergies. Seasonal allergies are a common problem, but there are also allergies that can make you miserable all year long. Fortunately, your pulmonary specialist can help.

Dr. Jeannot at Walton Pulmonary & Sleep Medicine offers a wide range of medical services, including allergy testing. He has two convenient office locations in Loganville, and Conyers, GA, to help you feel better.

The first step in controlling allergy symptoms is to find out what you are allergic to. This is done using various types of allergy testing, including:

Skin tests, using a small amount of allergic substance, called an allergen. The allergen is injected just underneath the skin. You and your doctor watch the area for several minutes. If you develop a red bump, swelling, or the area itches, you are allergic to the substance.

Blood tests, using a small blood sample. This is an excellent choice for people who are severely allergic to a substance, because no allergens come in contact with your body.

Challenge tests, which are a third type of test. These are used to determine whether you are allergic to certain foods or medications. You ingest a small amount of substance and are monitored for a reaction.

Common allergens your doctor can test for include:

  • Grasses and trees
  • Flowers and pollens
  • Dust mites and mold
  • Animal dander

Common food allergens your doctor can test for include:

  • Nuts
  • Dairy products
  • Shellfish

Once you and your doctor determine what you are allergic to, it’s best to avoid contact with the allergen, but this isn’t always possible. Your doctor will recommend several ways to get relief from allergies, including:

  • Prescription-strength antihistamines
  • Prescription-strength decongestants
  • Allergy injections
  • Sublingual immunotherapy
  • Saline irrigation of nasal passages

To discover more about allergy testing and how it can help you get relief from allergies, call Dr. Jeannot at Walton Pulmonary & Sleep Medicine. You can reach him in either the Loganville, or Conyers, GA, offices by calling (678) 928-9700, so call now.