How Are Allergies Diagnosed?
To properly diagnose allergies we must obtain a complete history and perform an allergy test. The allergy test takes about 30 minutes and consists of applying the regional environmental allergens known to cause allergy symptoms. The allergens are applied using plastic prick applicators to the back or forearms. Diagnostic allergy skin tests are safe and needle free. If a person is allergic to any of the allergens applied they will experience itching and a wheal is formed around the area.
How to prepare for an allergy test?
- Do not wear any perfume or lotion
- Do not skip any meals. If you have a morning appointment be sure to eat breakfast.
- If you have Asthma you MUST BRING all your asthma medications with you to appointment.
- Bring your allergy medications or any medications that have been on hold for this test to your appointment. these medications may be taken after the test is performed.
- You may not have this test performed on you if you are pregnant.
- If you are on a beta-blocker you must consult with your physician prior to testing.
- Some medications can interfere with allergy testing and must be avoided for 5-days. All medications must be cleared by your doctor before stopping. See full list of medications that need to be avoided for details.
- Some Antidepressants
- Some Sedatives
- Nasal Sprays
- Steroids (pills or injection used for acute illnesses)