Do you have symptoms of an allergy? Allergy testing is a medical procedure that evaluates your reaction to specific allergens. Find comprehensive allergy testing for the whole family at Advanced Allergy & Asthma Associates in Fort Worth and Southlake, Texas. The allergist team expertly diagnoses all types of allergies and partners with you to find effective treatment options. Call the office location nearest you or book an appointment online to learn more.
About 50 million Americans have at least one allergy. Common allergies include pollen, mold spores, pet dander, and foods like milk and peanut. Your immune system naturally works to protect you from germs and bacteria, but if you have an allergy, your immune system mistakenly attacks the allergen.
You might need allergy testing if you notice symptoms of an allergy. Depending on the allergen that affects you, symptoms can vary. These may include:
If you notice any of the above signs in yourself or a family member, allergy testing can help you find out what’s causing your symptoms.
Allergy testing is a safe exam performed by an allergist to evaluate potential allergens. When you come in for your allergy test, the team begins by discussing your symptoms, lifestyle, family history, and more.
Allergy testing works because it exposes you to specific allergens in a controlled environment. It can determine the exact substance that causes allergy symptoms. Once you know what causes your allergies, the team can recommend lifestyle changes or medication to treat your symptoms.
Allergy skin testing is used to detect allergies to inhaled allergens (like pollen, animal dander, dust, etc.), foods, certain insect stings, and some medications. The test involves introducing avery small amount of allergens into the skin. A scratch/prick device, with a drop of allergen on it, is used to prick the skin on your back/arm/forearm. In case of inhaled allergens, if you test negative to particular allergens, a second procedure MAY be performed. The second procedure is called intra-dermal testing and involves injecting a tiny amount of the allergen into the superficial layer of the skin of your arms. If your skin gets red, irritated, or swollen, it’s likely you’re allergic to the substance.
Blood tests can also be used for allergy testing. This may be a good option if it’s likely that you’ll have a severe allergic reaction to a skin test. In an allergy blood test, the doctor takes a sample of blood and it’s evaluated for the presence of antibodies that react to certain allergens.
If you suspect that you or your child has an allergy, get an expert diagnosis from the team at Advanced Allergy & Asthma Associates. Book online or call for an appointment today.