Allergy Testing

Allergies: Testing

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How do we make the Diagnosis?

  • The initial diagnosis of allergy is made by history and physical examination
  • To be certain of the diagnosis and proceed with effective therapy, allergy testing is performed

How Allergy testing works:

  • Allergy testing consists of administering small amounts of allergens to the skin
  • Allergy testing is performed using allergens responsible for the majority of allergy symptoms including trees, grasses, weeds, dust mites, molds, cat and dog)
  • Testing takes about 1-1/2 hours and is usually only minimally uncomfortable
  • The results are interpreted on the same day with one of our specialists
  • After allergy testing has been completed one of our specialists can recommend directed avoidance measures and discuss the potential benefit of immunotherapy
  • Our specialists are Board certified in allergy testing and allergy immunotherapy
  • Skin testing for food sensitivity is usually not performed as this is either not safe or not a reliable measure of food allergy. Our specialists are skilled in evaluating food allergy and recommending appropriate allergy testing and treatment options
  • Allergy testing for antibiotic sensitivities, insect sting allergies and for severe food allergies are usually performed using a blood test. Allergy testing using a blood test can be ordered by our specialists once an evaluation has identified the potential offending allergens

If you want to know more about allergy testing, please call 503-257-3204 or request a visit online with us.

References:

American Academy of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery. One Prince St., Alexandria, VA 22314-3357, 1-703-836-4444

American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy, 11130 Sunrise Valley Drive, St. 100, Reston, VA 20191