Pollen, food, dander from pets, bee stings, dust mites, latex, mold, and more may cause an allergic reaction in some people. What happens when you are exposed to something that you are allergic to is that your immune system overreacts and produces specific antibodies. Someone else's body may not release these antibodies when exposed to the same thing. It is a response of the immune system that is unique to you. Due to the production of these antibodies, your body then releases chemicals that are responsible for causing an allergic reaction. Knowing what substances may trigger an allergic reaction is essential so you can prepare for it. Dr. Jeannot from Walton Pulmonary & Sleep Medicine provides allergy testing in Lavonia, Conyers, and Loganville GA.
How does allergy testing work?
Multiple types of tests exist to determine if you are allergic to something. The most common is skin testing. Depending on your unique case, however, another kind of test may be ordered. Below are some of the allergy testing that we offer in Lavonia, Conyers, and Loganville GA
Skin testing involves a pinprick using a tiny needle that has a small amount of the substance that you think that you may be allergic to. Another method is intradermal skin testing. With this test, a minimal amount of the suspected allergen is placed right underneath the skin. Again, a small needle is used to do this. Next, you will wait for 15-20 minutes to see if a reaction is produced on the skin.
Some individuals will not be appropriate candidates for skin testing. This may be the case in people who are on certain medications that will affect the results. When this is suspected, a blood test may be used to determine allergies. Your blood will be exposed to potential allergens. If the response of your blood to this exposure includes a higher number of antibodies and white blood cells being produced, this indicates that you are allergic to the substance it was exposed to.
How do I better manage my allergy attacks?
Things that you can do to manage allergies are:
- Avoidance of allergens, especially ones that cause a strong reaction
- Taking a daily antihistamine or other allergy medication
- Close all windows when pollen counts are high.
- Clean often, particularly in your bedroom, to decrease dust.
- Carry a medical alert card and epinephrine pen with you for severe reactions.
When it comes to treating allergies, knowledge is power. If you know what may trigger an allergic reaction, you may be able to stop it before it begins! Schedule an appointment with Dr. Jeanott for allergy testing in Lavonia, Conyers, and Loganville GA at Walton Pulmonary & Sleep Medicine by calling (678) 928-9700.