Testing for Allergies

undergoing procedure of allergen skin tests in clinicIf you suffer with allergies, an important part of treatment is first finding out what exactly you are allergic to. Allergy tests can do just that, so that your treatment can begin and you can finally start to find some relief. Here is some more information about these important tests.

How is an allergy test done?

It is important to know, first of all, that when an allergy skin test is performed, it is painless and involves no needles (which makes it perfect for the squeamish and for children, too). It is also very quick and typically the whole process takes less than half an hour. If you can’t have a skin test performed, a blood test can also be used.

Before a skin test, you will be given a list of medications that you should stop taking before the procedure. These can include beta blockers, antihistamines, some antidepressants, and some nasal sprays.

The skin test procedure will start with you and your doctor discussing your history of allergies, to determine what allergens should be tested. A small drop of allergen is applied to your skin to see if there is a reaction. If you are allergic, that area of your skin may be itchy for a few hours after the test, but you can immediately get back to your regular activities as soon as you leave your doctor’s office – there is no down time required.

Once it is determined what you are allergic to, there are different options for treatment. Allergy shots are a common treatment, but these can take a while to take effect and can cause inflammation at the injection site. Allergy drops are a good choice for patients who don’t have time to come into the office for allergy shots or are afraid of needles, and they are less expensive than allergy shots.

You don’t have to suffer with allergies! The staff at Sinus & Snoring Specialists in Austin, Texas, can determine what you are allergic to and then can help you find a solution for treatment that is right for you. Call (512) 601-0303 for an appointment today.

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