At Advanced Respiratory Care Network, we offer allergy testing which is used to find out which substances cause a person to have an allergic reaction. Allergy testing is extremely beneficial and helps you and your provider develop a treatment plan, predict your allergy season, and helps you know what substances to avoid. If you have never had an allergy test, you might not know what happens or how to prepare for one. Continue reading to find out what to expect in an allergy test so you can be prepared!
Preparing For Your Allergy Test
Skin tests are safe for most adults and children of all ages, but it is important to be transparent with the practitioner who is performing your allergy test. If you have ever had a severe allergic reaction, take certain medications that could interfere with the allergy test, or have certain skin conditions, an allergy test might not be advisable.
Usually, your provider will start by assessing your medical history and your symptoms. This being the first step can help you and your doctor determine if there are genetic causes that are contributing to your symptoms and decide which allergy test is right for you. Your provider might also perform a physical examination before the allergy test to further assess your health and symptoms.
Your provider may also ask you to stop taking certain medications before your allergy test because some medications can interfere with allergy testing. A few medications that could affect your allergy test include; prescription and over-the-counter antihistamines, tricyclic antidepressants, certain heartburn medications, and asthma medications. It is important to communicate any medications you are taking to your provider before your allergy test.
What to Expect at the Appointment
At your allergy test appointment, your provider will place a variety of allergenic substances onto the skin, typically on the forearm or back to see which substances cause a reaction. An allergy test typically takes 20-40 minutes, and patients only experience mild discomfort. Sometimes itchy skin or a rash will develop, and the provider is there to treat any symptoms that may come up during your allergy test.
Once you receive your results you can then know what to avoid and start creating an action plan to prevent and treat your allergies. Skin tests are the most common allergy test and can test for airborne allergens like trees, weeds, molds, animal dander, and potentially some foods.
Getting an allergy test is a quick and painless process that can give you insight into what’s causing your symptoms and help you better understand your allergies. If you are wanting to get an allergy test done or have further questions, give us a call today!