Allergies

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Skin testing is the oldest and most reliable form of allergy testing, and is now proudly being offered by the physicians here at our office. Performed for 100 years, this form of testing continues to be the most common and reliable choice for the diagnosis of allergies.

Allergy tests are designed to gather the most specific information possible so that our physicians can determine what you are allergic to and provide the best treatment possible for your specific needs.

Allergens tested:

Trees:
Golden Acacia , Box Elder/Maple Mix, Red Alder, Birch Mix, Olive Tree, White Ash, Black Walnut, Mountain Cedar , Pine Mix, American Sycamore, Cottonwood, Oak Mix, Chinese Elm, Eucalyptus, Mesquite, California Pepper Tree, Mulberry Mix, Bottlebrush, Black Willow.

Grasses:
Ryegrass Perennial, Johnson, Bermuda.

Weeds:
Careless, Pigweed, GSW Mix Ragweed , Mugwort Sage , Shad (Wing) Scale , Lambs Quarters, Marshelder/Poverty Mix, Kochia, English Plantain, Sorrel Dock , Russian Thistle, Common Cocklebur.

Molds:
Alternaria tenuis, Aspergillus fumigatus, Helminthosporium interseminatum, Hormodendrum interseminatum, Penicillium Mix, Rhizopus Nigricans, Epicoccum, Candida.

Environmentals:
AP Dog, AP Cat Pelt, Feather Mix, AP Horse hair, AP House Dust, Cockroach Mix, Mite Df, Mite Dp

Foods:
Peanut Mix, Beef, Chicken, Milk, Orange, GS Fishmix (Codfish, Tuna, Halibut, etc.), Whole Wheat, Almond, Cashew Nut, GS Shellfish Mix.

Allergy Testing FAQs

How does the allergy testing work?

Testing begins with a minimal amount of allergen extracts placed beneath the skin via taps of tiny pieces of metal that each have a drop of a different allergen on it. The allergens are gently put in contact with the skin, eliminating the chance of any bleeding or pain. If you are allergic to the particular allergen, you will have symptoms associated with a positive test such as a raised, red itchy bump, similar to a mosquito bite.

Using our advanced technique, we test for up to 60 allergens, including environmental agents, trees, grass, weeds and pollen, mold, dust, pet dander, and all food ingredients commonly associated with food allergies. After the skin is placed in contact with the drop of allergen, patients should anticipate the allergy results within 15 minutes.

Who should be tested for allergies?
Adults and children who have symptoms that suggest they may have an allergic disease. Allergy symptoms can include but are not limited to:

  • Respiratory symptoms such as itchy eyes, nose, or throat; nasal and/or chest congestion, runny nose, watery eyes, and wheezing.
  • Skin symptoms include hives, area specific itchiness or redness.
  • Other symptoms may include anaphylaxis (severe life-threatening allergic reaction), abdominal cramping and /or diarrhea consistently following ingestion of particular foods, stinging insect reactions other than large local swelling at the bite site, and redness spreading away from the bite. Should these symptoms occur, please contact our staff immediately.

What are the reasons for undergoing allergy skin testing?
The first step in managing your allergy symptoms is determining what is causing your allergy. Our physicians and staff can help provide you with specific information about what you are and are not allergic to. Once we have identified the specific allergen or allergens causing your symptoms, your physician can develop a treatment specific to your needs to help control and eliminate your allergy symptoms entirely. With your allergy symptoms under control you should see a considerable improvement in the quality of your life. Sleep better through the night without the constant battle of congestion, enjoy your days spent out side without always having a tissue at hand, easy breathing will assist in your ability to exercise, and spend time with your pets without having that irritable itchiness. These are just a few of the many improvements you may gain from your allergy treatment plans.

Preparing for Your Allergy Skin Test

Prior to treatment:

  • Avoid taking any antihistamines (ie. Claritin, Zyrtec, Benadryl, Allegra, Xyzal, Loratidine, etc.) for at least 3 days prior to the exam