Allergies are extremely common, affecting the lives of millions of people everyday. They have several different causes with varying symptoms. Some allergies are caused seasonally, with symptoms appearing around the same time every year. Seasonal allergies can also occur multiple times a year. Fortunately, there are an abundance of treatments available for allergies, allowing people to find relief from their symptoms and live a good quality of life.
Why would you need an allergy test?
You should consider allergy testing if your allergy symptoms last longer than two weeks or keep returning. Acute sinus and allergy problems usually do not last longer than four weeks, while chronic ones can last significantly longer, from eight to twelve weeks. Chronic allergies can linger for years.
If over-the-counter and prescription medications aren’t effective, an allergy test can be beneficial. Even if these medicines do relieve your symptoms, people usually have to take the medications for several years in order to keep the allergies from returning. In most cases, it is more appropriate to undergo immunotherapy (allergy shots, sublingual drops), which can permanently alleviate allergy symptoms. An allergy test is the first step in this process.
It is also a good idea to book an allergy test if your allergies still bother you even though you are avoiding the suspected allergens. It is common for patients to seek treatment for pet dander allergies only to discover that the suspected allergens are not causing the problem. Many people assume that their allergies are caused by pollen or mold when, in reality, they may be caused by a completely different substance. It is very possible that the triggers a person is trying to avoid are not the source of their problems. Allergy tests help to isolate the root of the problem and prescribe the appropriate treatment.
What kind of allergies do we test for?
At Smart Choice Medical Clinic, we test for: airborne allergens, such as shrub, weed and tree pollen, feathers, dust, mould and pet dander; food allergies, including 36 different allergens such as wheat, shellfish, soy, eggs, various types of fruit (bananas, oranges, apples, strawberries), peanuts and tree nuts. If you believe a certain allergen is triggering your reactions, let the professionals at Smart Choice Medical Clinic know and they will inform you if it is included in the test. If it is not, they may refer you to an allergy specialist.
What type of allergy tests does Smart Choice Medical Clinic offer?
Smart Choice Medical Clinic offers both skin prick tests and blood tests. For most patients, a skin prick test will be used. However, if a patient is unable to discontinue antihistamine use before the test, is pregnant or has other contraindications, a blood test may be performed. Blood tests are also used to confirm the results from skin prick tests. Skin prick tests are painless and show results in a matter of minutes.
If you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms of allergies, come to Smart Choice Medical Clinic for a diagnosis and treatment today. Our kind and compassionate professionals are experienced in performing allergy tests and can help you discover what is causing your symptoms. For more information on our allergy tests and how they can benefit you, call our office and get in touch with a member of our specialist team. To book an appointment for an allergy test, visit our website or speak with us over the phone today. We serve patients from Tyler TX, Bullard TX, Troup TX, Jacksonville TX, Dogwood City TX, Whitehouse TX, Flint TX, and Gresham TX.