What is an allergy test

The first step in an allergy diagnosis is the collection of the patient’s medical history and asking questions to determine if an allergy is the cause of the symptoms. Next, a number of tests will be carried out to test for sensitivities to specific allergens. The doctor may order any number of tests including a skin prick test, blood test, oral food challenge and/or trial elimination diet.

During the skin prick test, the skin is lightly scratched or pierced and a drop of solution containing the allergen will be placed on the patient’s skin to enter the bloodstream. The tested area is then monitored for a reaction.

A blood test involves a sample being drawn to measure the presence of IgE antibodies to known allergens. The presence of these antibodies indicate potential allergies. However, when testing for food allergies specifically, approximately half of blood and skin prick tests can result in a untrue positive. A positive result will indicate to the doctor that an oral food challenge, or an elimination diet, could assist in further diagnoses.


What allergy testing method is best?

Skin and blood tests both own strengths and weakness.

What is an allergy test

Skin tests provide quick results, however, some medicines can affect these tests and the results are sometimes hard to read on darker skin. Blood tests only involve a single needle prick, which is favorite with numerous patients, but it can take a endless time for the results to be returned. These evaluations are not the sole diagnostic tool used by the doctor when investigating potential allergies, but provide supporting evidence to other information gathered during the doctor’s exam.


We specialize in the diagnosis and management

of asthma, allergy and clinical immunology including conditions such as Allergic Rhinitis, Sinusitis.

What is an allergy test

We also treat Atopic Dermatitis (eczema), food allergy, drug allergy, Anaphylaxis, contact dermatitis, Urticaria (hives), Angioedema (swelling), Conjunctivitis, primary immunodeficiency syndromes, and allergic reaction to insect bites and numerous others.

We assist patients determine the causes and treatment for symptoms such as nasal congestion, “sinus” symptoms, ear and eye symptoms, shortness of breath, wheezing, headache, chronic cough, recurrent respiratory and other infections, skin rashes, hives and others.

We offer every types of allergy testing, Rhinoscopy, Pulmonary Function testing as well as Allergen Immunotherapy.

Allergy treatments come in diverse forms and work
in a variety of ways. The treatment for your allergy will depend on its causes and the type, frequency and severity of your symptoms.

Your allergy treatment plan may include medications, immunotherapy, environmental changes or dietary changes. Enquire your doctor to explain anything about your diagnosis or treatment that you don't understand.

With test results that identify your allergens and a treatment plan to assist you take control, you'll be capable reduce or eliminate allergy signs and symptoms.

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What happens when a person suspects an allergy?

If a patient believes they own had an allergic reaction, he or she will meet with Dr.

Rahimi to discuss the symptoms, potential causes, and what testing or treatment is needed. The doctor examines the patient and asks detailed questions about the allergic symptoms to understand the situation. He may order a variety of tests to collect more information about the potential allergy. The results of these tests, including the presence of certain proteins in the blood or any rash-like reactions on the skin, would indicate an allergy. Most doctors consent that additional testing and monitoring is necessary to identify food allergies. The doctor may enquire the patient to follow an elimination diet or hold a food diary including details of what has been eaten and any subsequent symptoms.

What is an allergy test

Treatment can start once the allergy is identified.



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4811 S. 76th St, Suite 400
Greenfield, WI 53220
414-281-0404

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Mayfair Road, Suite 220
Wauwatosa, WI 53226
414-475-9101

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Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Thursday: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM

Allergy Shot Hours:
Monday: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM; 1:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Tuesday: 1:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Thursday: 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Friday: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM; 1:30 PM – 5:00 PM

What is an allergy blood test?

Allergies are a common and chronic condition that involves the body’s immune system.

What is an allergy test

Normally, your immune system works to fight off viruses, bacteria, and other infectious agents. When you own an allergy, your immune system treats a harmless substance, love dust or pollen, as a threat. To fight this perceived threat, your immune system makes antibodies called immunoglobulin E (IgE).

Substances that cause an allergic reaction are called allergens. Besides dust and pollen, other common allergens include animal dander, foods, including nuts and shellfish, and certain medicines, such as penicillin.

Allergy symptoms can range from sneezing and a stuffy nose to a life-threatening complication called anaphylactic shock. Allergy blood tests measure the quantity of IgE antibodies in the blood. A little quantity of IgE antibodies is normal. A larger quantity of IgE may mean you own an allergy.

Other names: IgE allergy test, Quantitative IgE, Immunoglobulin E, Entire IgE, Specific IgE

At Carolina Asthma & Allergy Middle, we’re committed to providing the highest quality asthma and allergy care in North and South Carolina.

To better serve both states, our Rock Hill location is located near the South Carolina border, making it easily accessible to South Carolina residents in Rock Hill, Fort Mill, and Lake Wylie as well as North Carolina areas such as Pineville.

We own five medical experts on hand at our Rock Hill office, including Natasha Laungani, FNP-C; S. Nicole Chadha, MD; Roopen R. Patel, MD; Susan I. Hungness, MD; and Glenn W.

What is an allergy test

Errington, MD. Dr. Laungani, who is exclusive to our Rock Hill location, studied at the University of Kentucky and the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Errington specializes in children over two years ancient and adults. He received certifications through the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Allergy and Immunology.

You’ll discover our shot room at our Rock Hill office as well, which is open until 4:30 p.m. on weekdays. This is for our allergy patients dealing with skin allergies, food allergies, insect allergies, and more. Our patients who need allergy treatment or asthma treatment can set up an appointment for any day of the week until 5 p.m.

with one of our specialists. The phone number for our Carolina Asthma & Allergy Middle, including our Rock Hill office, is 704-372-7900.

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