FAQs: Everything You Need to Know About Your Allergy Test
One of the worst feelings associated with allergies is the unknown factor. There is a huge difference between knowing you have an allergy to a certain substance and thinking you do. Fortunately, allergy testing is a simple and accurate way to find out exactly what is causing your allergies to flare. Consider the following frequently asked questions:
What happens at an allergy test appointment?
After reviewing your medical records, performing an examination, and evaluating your symptoms, your Langford Allergy doctor will start the allergy test. Your doctor will press a small amount of the allergen onto the skin on your arm and wait roughly five minutes. If you are allergic to the allergen, your skin will respond negatively. The skin may turn red, become itchy, or develop a rash.
Is an allergy test painful?
Not at all. An allergy test does not require any shots, as the allergen is simply pressed onto your skin using a plastic device. If you have a negative reaction, our doctors are present to treat the development.
When will I know the results?
Immediately! Your doctor will discuss the results with you after the allergy test is complete. Afterward, we will create a treatment plan for you that is directed toward the root of your problem, not just directed toward your symptoms. We want to help you overcome this allergy and live a full, allergy-free life.
Why should I schedule an allergy test?
Allergy testing is one of the best ways to accurately diagnose allergy-related health issues! Additionally, it can test for 20-90 different allergens. This allows us to see if there is more than one culprit causing your frustrating symptoms.