The basics of specialty testing for Asthma in Illinois
If you are one of the millions of Americans suffering from allergies, you know that they can have a major effect on your day-to-day life. Discovering the cause of your allergies is the first step to coming up with an effective treatment plan. At Advanced Allergy & Asthma Associates, we offer a variety of specialty testing that is convenient and extremely accurate at identifying common allergens.
Allergy testing is safe. There is always a risk of allergy symptoms during test because of exposure to potential allergen. The most common side effects are rashes, swelling, or itching near the testing area. Both adults and children can be tested for allergy.
Testing can help discover a wide range of allergies including:
- Dust mites
- Animal dander
The most common testing is skin and blood tests.
Allergy Skin Tests
There are two main types of skin tests: prick and patch testing. During the prick test, a minute amount of the potential allergen is pricked on the back or forearm. Patients who are allergic to the allergen will react in the area of exposure. During the patch test, a small area on the back is exposed to the allergen and then covered with a bandage and tape and left for several days before being evaluated for allergic reaction.
Allergy Blood Tests
Blood testing for allergies is not as common as skin testing, but can still be a valuable tool for doctors and patients. Blood tests are often performed if a patient cannot receive skin testing or if they are taking a medication that may interfere with skin testing.
Allergy tests are extremely important tools that can help us to recommend the best medications and treatment options available. The most common symptoms from allergies include chest congestion, itchy/watery eyes and nose, hives, eczema, and in severe cases, anaphylaxis.
Treating allergies is important to prevent patients from experiencing anaphylaxis, which can potentially be a life threatening reaction.
For patients in Illinois, specialty treatment for allergies can help them get the medications they need to reduce symptoms. If you are ready to find out more about allergy testing, call to set up your appointment.