If you regularly experience a runny nose, itchy and watery eyes, or blocked sinuses, allergy testing can pinpoint the underlying cause. At Allhealth Diagnostic & Treatment Center, with two convenient locations in the Midwood and Flatbush neighborhoods of Brooklyn, New York, the caring team provides allergy testing onsite. To schedule your appointment, call the office nearest you or book a consultation online today.
Allergies occur when your body’s immune system misidentifies a harmless substance, such as pet dander, pollen, or food, as potentially dangerous. This triggers the production of antibodies, a type of protein that neutralizes pathogens.
The production of antibodies causes inflammation in your skin, sinuses, airways, or digestive system. For some, this inflammation is a minor annoyance; for others, it results in a life-threatening allergic reaction called anaphylaxis.
Allergy testing is a screening procedure used to determine if you’re hypersensitive to a particular substance. After gathering this information, your Allhealth Diagnostic & Treatment Center provider uses your results to develop a custom treatment plan.
At Allhealth Diagnostic & Treatment Center, the team offers several types of allergy testing, including:
During a skin test, your provider carefully punctures your skin, exposing you to a small amount of a particular allergen. Afterward, you wait to see if the exposure triggers a reaction, such as swelling, redness, or itching.
If the scratch test isn’t conclusive, your provider might order an intradermal skin test. During an intradermal test, your provider injects a small amount of a particular allergen into your skin. Once again, you wait to see if there’s an allergic reaction.
A blood test is an allergy test that measures the level of immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies in your blood. The higher the level of IgE in your blood, the more likely you are to experience a particular allergy.
If your Allhealth Diagnostic & Treatment Center provider suspects you have a food allergy, they might recommend an elimination diet. During an elimination diet, you remove certain foods from your meals and then slowly add them back over time.
You keep a diary and write down any symptoms or allergic responses that you experience. Your provider uses this information to determine which foods cause you problems.
Before ordering an allergy test, your Allhealth Diagnostic & Treatment Center provider conducts a physical exam, reviews your medical history, and asks about your lifestyle and the symptoms you’re experiencing.
If you take prescription medications for hay fever, heartburn, or depression, your provider might also ask you to stop for a few days or a week. This is because some medicines can interfere with your test results.
If an allergy test determines that you have one or more allergies, your Allhealth Diagnostic & Treatment Center provider develops a custom care plan. Usually, this involves a combination of allergen avoidance, prescription medication, and, if necessary, allergy shots.
To schedule your allergy testing appointment at Allhealth Diagnostic & Treatment Center, call the office nearest you or book online today.