Allergies caused by internal and external factors exhibit a wide range of symptoms, from mild itching and sneezing to potentially life-threatening developments. Whatever the severity of your symptoms, Dr. Noga Askenazi and Dr. Eugenia Hahn at Advanced Allergy & Asthma Associates in Illinois understand that living with allergies can be miserable.
They have dedicated the practice to the diagnosis and treatment of allergy symptoms and place particular emphasis on identifying your allergy triggers using allergy skin testing. Once they know what is triggering an allergy, it is easy to treat symptoms.
What to Expect from a Standard Allergy Skin Test
The expert team at Advanced Allergy & Asthma Associates/Food Allergy Center of Illinois uses a wide variety of diagnostic techniques to determine the cause of your allergy symptoms.
Skin testing is often the most comfortable, most accurate, and cost-effective option. It can quickly identify many common allergies, including:
- Medication, such as penicillin
- Contact dermatitis
- Allergy-triggered asthma
- Venomous insects, such as bees
- Dust, pollens, mold, and other airborne allergens (hay fever)
An allergy skin test is also known as a “scratch test.” It is a series of pricks, typically administered to your forearm or back. First, Dr. Askenazi and Dr. Hahn will clean and mark the area for easy identification. After this, they will prick into the skin with a small amount of each potential allergen. This method can almost instantly detect over 40 common allergies. It is much more comfortable than a standard injection, as it only breaks the skin’s surface. It should not cause bleeding or scabbing.
The reaction isn’t severe, given the small amount of allergen used. If you do react, it will appear as a little bump. Dr. Askenazi or Dr. Hahn and their team will clean the area and read your results.
They will develop a care plan that corresponds to your unique lifestyle. Dr. Askenazi or Dr. Hahn will talk with you about your potential exposure to any allergens that cause a reaction, and will put together a care plan that may combine avoidance, immunotherapy, or over-the-counter medications.
The expert team at Advanced Allergy & Asthma Associates/Food Allergy Center of Illinois can help you live a comfortable, happy life, free of allergy symptoms. If you are interested in a test or consultation, call (847) 888-8802 to schedule your appointment at one of our locations today.