If chronic allergies are making it hard for you to enjoy your life to the fullest, allergy testing to identify your allergens may be the answer. At Abilene Family Medical Associates in Abilene, Texas, our skilled medical team can perform allergy testing to isolate the cause of your allergies so you can get effective treatment right away. To learn more, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.
Allergy skin testing is the most common type of allergy testing and can determine allergens in both children and adults. During this kind of test, our trained allergy technician exposes your skin to very small doses of suspected allergens. Allergy skin testing may involve applying the allergen directly to your skin or injecting it just under your skin.
After waiting about 20-40 minutes, your doctor measures your body's response to the potential allergens. If you're allergic to a substance, your skin usually reddens, swells, or itches in the testing area.
Allergy skin testing can check for many different allergies, including:
Skin allergy tests can also help your doctor diagnose eczema, hay fever, allergic asthma, and other allergic conditions.
Before skin allergy testing, your doctor directs you to temporarily stop taking antihistamines because these medications can prevent you from having reactions during the testing. You may also need to make other temporary medication changes as advised by your Abilene Family Medical Associates provider.
Allergy blood testing involves a blood draw done on-site. Your doctor then tests your blood in the lab, exposing it to many different allergens to determine which ones are causing your problems. You can continue taking your current medications as normal for allergy blood testing, as drugs like antihistamines won't affect the results.
Once your doctor identifies your allergens, they show you the testing results and create a course of treatment specifically for your allergens. You may need oral medication, immunotherapy (allergy immunizations), lifestyle modifications to avoid allergens or other treatments customized for your allergens.
By treating your specific allergens, you can enjoy maximum relief. Many patients even experience life allergy-free for the first time ever after starting their allergy testing and treatment plan.
If allergies are making you itch, sneeze, cry, or feel terrible, reach out for relief. Schedule your allergy testing appointment at Abilene Family Medical Associates online or by phone today.