For some people, an allergy is merely a nuisance. It causes an itchy, runny nose, congestion, and itchy eyes, among other symptoms, but it's able to be contended with. For others, the symptoms interfere with their quality of life. And for people with asthma and other lung conditions, allergies are a medical concern. At Walton Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine, serving Lavonia, Conyers, and Loganville, GA, Dr. Michel Jeannot wants patients to know there's help, and it often starts with allergy testing.
When to Seek Allergy Testing
If you have allergy symptoms, whether mild or severe, allergy testing can help identify the source so you can avoid it. This is especially the case if you can't seem to pinpoint your allergy just based on the season and other factors.
Our practitioner particularly recommends people with chronic respiratory problems to get allergy tested and have their allergies under control.
It's also vital for anyone who has severe allergy symptoms that are disrupting their lives and holding them back from doing what they love.
How We Test
First and foremost, our doctor will ask you about your symptoms and when you experience them the most. This gives us some insight into the severity as well as the possible allergen. We'll then perform a comprehensive blood evaluation. It looks at your IgE antibodies. You have different ones that will be more prevalent based on your allergen since each allergen is associated with a different IgE antibody. Our test looks at a variety of ones, including cat, oak, grasses, and more.
How We Help Combat Your Allergies
Once we identify your allergies, we'll inform you of which substances you're allergic to. We can educate you on when that allergen is most prevalent and any products or etc. that could contain it. You can then practice avoidance as much as possible.
On the other hand, we can also prescribe medication if avoiding that allergen isn't possible. You take the medication on an as-needed basis before you come in contact with the allergen if you know you'll be exposed that day. If you should happen to develop symptoms, you may take it then as well. Keep in mind that anything we prescribe is more effective than over-the-counter solutions and won't cause drowsiness if you're looking for daytime relief.
Dr. Jeannot of Walton Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine, serving Lavonia, Conyers, and Loganville, GA, can provide you with allergen testing and determine the cause of your annoying allergy symptoms. We can also provide you with relief.
Contact us today by dialing (678) 928-9700 for an appointment.