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
- Skin testing for food sensitivity is usually not performed as this is either not safe or not a reliable measure of food allergy.
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