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What is Allergy Testing?
The allergy testing procedure is the action of discovering what allergens cause your body to have an allergic reaction. It is also to determine the severity of the reaction. Some common allergens that are tested include pet dander, food, pollen, and mold. Tests are given by a specialist in the form of a skin prick or allergy blood test.
During a skin prick test you are pricked with a small amount of an allergen to see how your body will react. Your reaction will determine whether or not you are allergic and up to 40 allergens can be tested during a skin prick test. Although allergy tests are a good starting point, they may not reveal everything.
This is why a comprehensive allergy discovery process is recommended and should include the following:
- Getting a list of symptoms
- CT scan and full exam
- Allergy testing
- Determining the best treatment plan with your doctor
Why Do I Need to Have Allergy Testing at My ENT's Office?
Allergy testing locations are popping up all over the country and many people are visiting testing locations rather than their ENT’s office for a full exam. As mentioned above the best way to determine a patient's allergies is to have a full exam, which can’t be done at a testing site.
Without the full exam your doctor won’t know the true causes of your sinus condition. It could be caused by an internal structure or other sinus problems and not even be caused by allergies. Hillcrest ENT can provide an in depth test in order to help you discover the root of the problem and the best treatment plan possible.Schedule an appointment today to set up your allergy testing.