Allergy testing can provide you with invaluable information and enable our doctors to recommend a course of treatment such as medications, environmental controls (staying inside during peak pollen times, for example), and allergy shots.
It’s highly important for people to be aware of what they are allergic to. It is valuable information to any physician that may be treating you. In some cases, knowing your allergies may even save your life! For this reason, our office provides extensive allergy testing. We test our patients for allergic reactions stemming from a variety of sources, such as inhalants, foods, metals, latex, chemicals, and fragrances.
The two primary types of allergy tests we use are skin tests and blood tests. Skin tests are the most common type of allergy testing and are particularly effective for diagnosing allergies to pollen, mold, dust mites, animal dander, insect stings, and certain foods. Blood tests may be beneficial for people who cannot undergo skin testing due to certain skin conditions, medications, or allergic reactions.
Following the testing, your ENT provider will interpret the results in the context of your medical history and symptoms to create an individualized treatment plan. This plan may include allergy medications, immunotherapy (such as allergy shots), or strategies to avoid specific allergens. Ultimately, the goal of allergy testing is to help you live a healthier and more comfortable life.