Bumps, itching, redness and many other skin issues can be frustrating when the cause is unknown. With allergy testing, you can get your questions answered and start the medication that will help your skin heal and avoid reactions. How does allergy testing work and why would you need to be tested? Continue reading to learn all about it!
Why It’s Done
In order to diagnose allergic conditions, your doctor may recommend allergy testing. The following are some conditions you may be tested for:
- Bee venom allergy
- Allergic asthma
- Food allergy
- Penicillin allergy
How It’s Done
Skin allergy testing is simple and painless, making the test problem-free for children. You can be tested for multiple allergies at once as multiple sections of the skin are tested with different substances. Usually on the forearm or back, various allergenic substances are placed onto the skin. If the area of skin becomes red, inflamed or irritated, it shows you are allergic to that specific substance.
In some instances, allergy testing may not be recommended by your doctor. Some of these circumstances include:
- Medication restrictions: There are some medications that could interfere with the test results, which your doctor may have you avoid taking before the test. In some cases, though, your doctor may not want you temporarily discontinuing your medication.
- Chance for a severe reaction: Even the smallest amounts of substances can cause harmful reactions, so sometimes an allergy test should be avoided.
- Skin conditions: If certain skin conditions like psoriasis affect large areas of the testing site skin, allergy testing may not be doable as they can cause unreliable test results.
How to Get Started
At Advanced Respiratory Care Network, we make the allergy testing process a breeze. Booking a consultation with us is simple – just pick one of our locations that offers allergy testing and fill out the referral form to get started.
It’s time to start living a better, irritation-free life, and allergy testing can help you do so. By getting tested, we can get you the answers you’re looking for and get you back to having smooth and healthy skin. Feel free to contact us with any questions you have about our services!