Who Should Get Allergy Testing?

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Published:  May 30, 2024

Are you sneezing, coughing, or rubbing your eyes more than usual? Perhaps your throat feels itchy after meals, or you find yourself wheezing during certain seasons. If these symptoms sound familiar, you might be one of the many people experiencing allergic reactions without even knowing it. Allergy testing at Impact Medical can help identify your triggers, offering a path to effective treatment and a better quality of life.

Are You Experiencing Allergy Symptoms?

Allergies can present a wide range of symptoms, which vary from mild annoyances to severe, life-threatening reactions. Common signs that you might need allergy testing include:

  • Persistent sneezing, runny nose, or nasal congestion
  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • Skin reactions such as rashes or hives
  • Difficulty breathing, wheezing, or coughing
  • Swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat

If these symptoms are regular parts of your life, especially after exposure to potential allergens, it’s wise to consult with an allergist.

Who Benefits Most from Allergy Testing?

Allergy testing is particularly beneficial for individuals who frequently experience symptoms like persistent sneezing, runny nose, itchy eyes, or skin rashes that do not improve with typical over-the-counter treatments. It’s crucial for people with conditions like asthma, eczema, or chronic sinusitis, as allergies can exacerbate these issues. Testing is also advised for anyone who suspects their symptoms may be linked to allergies but has not been able to confirm the triggers.

Testing is equally important for children who show signs of allergies. Early detection can lead to better management of symptoms and prevent the development of more severe allergic reactions as they grow. Children who frequently exhibit respiratory issues, skin reactions, or digestive problems may be reacting to allergens, and identifying these early can greatly improve their quality of life.

Types of Allergy Tests

Allergy tests can be conducted through various methods, each suitable for different situations and allergens. 

Skin Prick Tests

Skin prick tests are a common method to identify allergic reactions to substances like pollen (from trees, grasses, or weeds), pet dander, dust mites, and certain foods (such as peanuts, eggs, or shellfish). During the test, a small amount of the allergen is placed on your skin, which is then lightly pricked to introduce the allergen to your immune system. If you’re allergic, you’ll develop a small, itchy bump at the test site after approximately 10 minutes.

Blood Tests

Blood tests, also known as ImmunoCAP laboratory tests, measure the amount of IgE antibodies in the blood, which are released by the body in response to allergens. These tests can help identify specific allergens and their severity. They are particularly useful for food allergy testing or individuals who cannot undergo skin prick testing. A blood test is often recommended for individuals with severe skin conditions, such as eczema, as skin prick tests can exacerbate symptoms.

Patch Tests

Patch tests involve placing small amounts of potential allergens on a patch that is applied to the skin for 48 hours. The skin is monitored for reactions, making this test suitable for identifying contact allergies such as those caused by cosmetics, metals, or medications. Your doctor may also recommend a patch test if you have unexplained skin reactions or dermatitis. Depending on your symptoms and medical history, your doctor may recommend one or a combination of these tests to accurately identify allergens.

Benefits of Allergy Tests

Allergy tests offer numerous benefits that can significantly enhance an individual’s health and well-being. One of the primary advantages is accurate diagnosis, as identifying specific allergens allows for precise treatment plans. This leads to targeted treatment, enabling personalized management strategies such as allergen avoidance. This means taking steps to reduce your exposure to the allergens that trigger your symptoms. 

For example, if you’re allergic to pollen, your allergist might advise you to stay indoors on high-pollen days or use air filters to reduce pollen in your home. Ultimately, reducing or eliminating allergic reactions results in an improved quality of life, promoting better overall health and comfort.

Schedule an Allergy Test at Impact Medical

Don’t let undiagnosed allergies control your life. At Impact Medical, we offer comprehensive allergy testing and personalized treatment plans. Schedule an appointment today to start on the path to better health and comfort. By identifying your specific allergens, we can tailor a management strategy that may include avoidance, medications, or even immunotherapy, aiming to reduce or eliminate your allergic reactions and enhance your quality of life.