My Allergy Test Is Negative But I Know I Have Allergies

Why was my allergy testing negative when I know I have allergies?

Allergy Testing Austin TX | Sinus & Snoring Specialists

Spring is coming and along with it those dreaded spring allergies. People all over the Austin area are headed to the store to stock up on allergy medications. Unfortunately, those medications don’t really stop the allergy. They let you have the allergy and try to cover the symptoms. They are also associated with side effects such as a dry mouth, elevated blood pressure, problems with bladder emptying, nasal crusting and bleeding among other issues.

You are smart so you decided to take the time to get allergy tested so you could be on a much more effective form of allergy therapy – allergy shots or allergy drops. To your shock and dismay the allergist tells you that your testing is negative. They tell you that you have “non allergic rhinitis” and they cant really help you.

Then you watch the allergy counts and when ragweed is high you are miserable. Cedar is up and you suffer. You visit a friend with a cat and you sneeze all the way home.

You do have allergies! You have LAR (local allergic rhinitis). General allergists focus only on systemic allergies that will show up on skin or blood testing. Many patients do not have systemic allergy and the allergic response is limited to the nasal and sinus membranes. It is a true allergic response and will respond to allergy medications as well as immunotherapy (allergy shots and drops).

In our office we perform needle free allergy skin testing. If the patient has negative skin testing but a history of obvious allergy symptoms we do this weird thing called LISTENING to our patients. We will formulate allergy drops based upon the patient’s history. What types of exposures, time of year, allergy seasons tend to produce their symptoms. An assortment of the common allergens during those times are placed in the allergy drops. Representative common allergens such as local trees, grasses, weeds, mold as well as dust mite, cockroach, and animal dander may be included.

Finally the patient can get some real relief with immunotherapy (allergy drops) as this actually makes their body develop antibodies to block their allergic reaction. A cure to their allergies is usually obtained by using the allergy drops for 36 months. They are convenient, used daily at home, don’t have side effects like medications, are safe, and inexpensive.

If you have been told you have non allergic rhinitis come get a second opinion and a path towards a long term cure of your nasal allergies.

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  1. This have this. How can I find out about allergy drops?

    Comment by Jodi Arneson on January 22, 2020 at 5:14 pm

  2. Here is some information on allergy drops… https://www.sinussnoringent.com/allergy-drops/
    For additional questions, give us a call at 512-601-0303.

    Comment by Sinus & Snoring Specialists on September 21, 2020 at 8:35 pm

  3. Fine way of explaining, and good piece of writing to obtain facts on the topic of my presentation topic, which i am going to convey in university.

    Comment by Natisha on February 15, 2020 at 12:58 pm

  4. Hi. I was tested by skin and blood. The skin didn’t show up as much as they would have liked altho I did break out in hives. The blood testing came back negative. I’ve had sinusitis for the last 5 months and am on my 4th antibiotic.And still sick.
    How much are drops?

    Comment by Jeanne Toy on February 19, 2020 at 6:17 pm

  5. Hi Jeanne, You may ask your ENT if balloon sinuplasty (or other sinus procedures) is an option for you. Our allergy drops are $140/quarter or $504/annual supply. We would be happy to see you in our office to see what is going on. Please give us a call 512-601-0303.

    Comment by Sinus & Snoring Specialists on September 21, 2020 at 8:29 pm


    Comment by JANE BAKER on March 5, 2020 at 3:04 pm

  7. Hi Jane,
    We actually have many out-of-state patients. We would need to have an initial on-site visit to see Dr. Slaughter and for us to show you how to use the drops specified for you. After that the drops can be mailed to you. If you are interested, please give us a call at 512-601-0303. Thanks

    Comment by Sinus & Snoring Specialists on September 21, 2020 at 8:24 pm

  8. Hello there my name is Raelene ive had allergies all my life. I finally went to a allergy specialist but my test came back negative. Im hoping your can help me. I am always stuffed my and sneezing coughing its not fun please help.

    Comment by Raelene Woodyard on March 10, 2020 at 6:08 am

  9. Hi Raelene,
    We are happy to help you. We would be happy to see your for a consultation to see if you may have some untreatment nasal/sinus issues or if you have LAR. Please give our office a call at 512-601-0303 to schedule a consultation. Thanks!

    Comment by Sinus & Snoring Specialists on September 21, 2020 at 8:20 pm

  10. Do you have referrals or suggestions for Cleveland, OH area?

    Comment by Michael McKittrick on March 31, 2020 at 8:28 pm

  11. I’m sorry Michael, I am not aware of any physicians in your area that treat LAR. We see many out of state patients in our office, if you are able to come to Austin, Texas for your initial visit though!

    Comment by Sinus & Snoring Specialists on September 21, 2020 at 8:16 pm

  12. I have the problem you mentioned above. I have had chronic sinusitis for about 15 years and I’ve tried everything. Sinus surgery helped but I still get sinus infections. I have had several allergy tests over the years and they were all negative except one time I tested mildly to mold & grass pollens. I did not respond at all to tree pollens or ragweed. My ENT prescribed allergy drops based on what I responded to. I took them for about 6 months, no results. They were expensive so I stopped taking them. I have sinus infections that come & go all year long. I have often thought I have a resistant bacteria but I do saline rinsing with baby shampoo recommend by an ENT in Houston. No improvement. I am at my wits end.

    Comment by Valerie Milo on April 24, 2020 at 4:58 am

  13. Hi Valerie, Your response got lost in a bunch of SPAM. I apologize for the last response. Dr. Slaughter would need to do an evaluation to see what is continuing to cause the problems you are experiencing. It could be that you have a stubborn bug that requires a cyclone power wash to flush it out. As for the allergy drops, it could also be that you have LAR and that needs to be included in your drops. We charge $140/quarter for the drops or a 10% discount for an annual supply ($504). We are happy to see you in our office, to determine what is causing the problem and put you on a great treatment plan. If you are interested, please give us a call at 512-601-0303. Thanks!

    Comment by Sinus & Snoring Specialists on September 21, 2020 at 8:14 pm

  14. Hey there
    I’m in Phoenix and looking for an allergist or ent who understands the whole LAT – local allergic rhinitis thing. I tested neg but know I have allergies and want immunotherapy. Please let me know if there are any partners in this area!

    Comment by Ashley Smetana on July 30, 2020 at 12:11 am

  15. I’m so sorry Ashley, I am not aware of a physician in that area that understands or treats LAR in your area. If you happen to come to Austin, Texas, we are happy to help you. We have many out of state patients and we mail the drops to them after the inital onsite consultation. Thanks!

    Comment by Sinus & Snoring Specialists on September 21, 2020 at 8:07 pm

  16. Wow, it’s hard to find doctors who listen.
    I have Meniere’s disease in addition to “no allergies” year-round. It’s been challenging.
    Please keep it up!

    Comment by Ellie on March 3, 2021 at 4:47 pm

  17. Hello, I moved to Japan ten years ago without any allergies, and now my sinuses flare up on a daily basis. They say foreigners tend to become allergic to the cedar trees here, but my tests came back negative. The docs have me taking OTC rhinitis meds as-needed, indefinitely. I also need it when I visit my friends who have a cat. Long story short, I got more relief from reading this page than from three years of appointments and blood testing. It’s a wonderful feeling just to know I’m not crazy. Thank you!

    Comment by Jon on September 17, 2021 at 5:14 am

  18. Thanks so much for sharing your story! We are so happy that our blog helped explain your symptoms and experience. Please let us know if you would like to get evaluated for allergy drops. 512-601-0303

    Comment by Sinus & Snoring Specialists on October 29, 2021 at 7:20 pm

  19. The skill of the clinician is very important indeed. When done correctly the results are very accurate. We have highly trained and skilled allergy clinicians at Sinus & Snoring Specialists.

    Comment by Sinus & Snoring Specialists on October 29, 2021 at 7:22 pm

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