Runny nose, itchy and watery eyes? Ask about allergy therapy!
Whether you have seasonal or year-round allergies, we are always up-to-date with the latest allergy news and techniques, thus providing the best and most current care possible to our patients. The allergy department consists of a full-time allergy technician, thereby making it possible to provide in-house allergy testing and treatment.
When you are allergic to something, your immune system identifies the allergen and produces Immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies. When the IgE makes contact with your cells, it causes an allergic reaction—whether it’s sneezing and watery eyes or something more severe. However, knowing what is causing your allergies isn’t always so obvious. Professional allergy testing can help identify what is causing your allergy so proper treatment can occur.
In-house allergy testing consists of testing for an immediate reaction to the following allergens: cat, dog, horse, cockroach, approximately 15 different weeds and grasses, dust mites and approximately 8 different trees.
Skin prick testing involves orally applying a minuscule amount of the suspected allergen to the skin’s surface. Reactions occur within 15 minutes after application of the allergen. If significant reaction does not occur with this testing intradermal testing will be performed.
Intradermal allergy testing analyzes the way your skin reacts to different allergens to identify what is causing your reactions. A small amount of the allergen is injected beneath the skin’s surface and then observed for any signs of an allergic reaction. It will take about 10 minutes for a reaction to occur. Intradermal testing is more sensitive and provides more accurate results than that of skin prick tests.
It is extremely important that these tests be administered by an allergy technician. This will ensure your safety and avoid any unnecessary complications.
Find the cause of your allergies today and live a more comfortable tomorrow. Contact our office today to schedule your professional allergy testing with our allergy technician.