How is allergy testing done?
Here at Sinus & Snoring Specialists, we test for allergies using two methods. The simplest way to test for allergies is with skin testing. Skin testing involves placing tiny doses of the common allergens in the superficial skin. This can be done at the Allergy Center in our office in Austin with the most modern and quick multi-pressure testing device. Allergy skin testing does NOT require any needles and is painless. Within 15 minutes we will have the results of your skin test and we can formulate the ideal allergy therapy for the patient.
We also test for allergies using blood testing (RAST). Blood testing (RAST) can be used for those that cannot have skin testing.
Do Allergy tests hurt?
Fortunately, modern allergy testing does not require any needles and is virtually painless. It is very well tolerated, even for children.
How long does Allergy Skin Testing take?
Allergy testing is very quick only takes about 30 minutes which includes the testing as well as reviewing your allergy history form. This history is very important because many times patients have significant allergies isolated to the nose and they won’t be detected on our skin testing. This is called LAR (local allergic rhinitis). In LAR the patient has allergy isolated to the nasal and sinus membranes that doesn’t show up on blood or skin testing. We need to make sure those allergens are also included in your allergy therapy.
Side Effects of Allergy Skin Tests
The allergy skin testing we do with the multi-pressure device is extremely safe. The skin test does cause a small area of contact allergy at the site of application. Side effects of allergy skin tests include itchy skin for a few hours. In very rare cases, more serious reaction may occur with a systemic allergic reaction called anaphylaxis. We have all of the appropriate measures immediately available in our Allergy Center to treat the patient if this were to occur. Patients are able to return to work or school immediately after testing.
Can Children be tested for allergies?
The only requirements from our patients are the ability to be still and understand the allergy testing process. The age this occurs varies from child to child but most children can easily be tested by age 5. If they are too young to be tested by skin testing we can still do blood (RAST) testing or simply formulate the allergy drops based on what historically bothers them.
Should I Stop Medication Before My Consultation?
Our office will give you a detailed list of medications that need to be stopped before testing and for how long. Antihistamines, some antidepressants, some nasal spray, among other medicines are included in that list. Patients must also be off of Beta Blockers.
Schedule an appointment
For more information on allergy testing using a skin test or blood test, or to schedule an appointment, call our office at (512) 601-0303 today! Sinus & Snoring Specialists serves Austin TX and surrounding areas.