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During your initial visit with us, we will review your medical history and routine environments to determine your possible exposures. After a discussion of your symptoms and a physical exam, further diagnostic evaluation may be considered.
In certain cases, we will need to know if your body is making allergic antibodies to various types of allergens. The method that provides the most information and gives immediate answers to this question is skin testing. To perform the test, we use a plastic device to make a small prick in the skin, which introduces the prepared allergen to the body. This is usually performed on the back or arms.
If the test is positive, the skin will respond with a small, itchy bump that the nurse will measure. The allergen will be washed off, and the skin changes usually go away within several minutes. The number of tests performed will be determined by your symptom history. In some situations, skin testing cannot be performed, and a blood sample test will be needed.
It is important to note that a “positive allergy test” (the presence of allergic antibodies) does not necessarily mean that exposure to the allergen will cause symptoms. This is why proper interpretation of testing and the correct application of results by a specialist trained in allergic diseases is so important.
For certain respiratory problems, a breathing test may be conducted. Other blood tests or x-rays may also be recommended. Once a diagnosis is made, a plan of treatment options will be discussed where you will have the opportunity to ask all of your questions.