Allergy Treatment Doctor in Katy, TX
The allergy doctors at the Medical Office of Katy can identify symptoms triggers and design individual treatment plans that help patients live their life without allergy symptoms. For more information, contact us today or schedule an appointment online. We are conveniently located at 410 W Grand Pkwy S, Suite# 320 Katy, TX, 77494.
Table of Contents:
What is an allergy test?
How do you prepare for an allergy test?
What does an allergy test do?
What are the types of allergy tests?
What can be the risk of an allergy test?
Millions of people around the world suffer from different types of allergies. The reason why allergies occur is that your immune system reacts to some food items or foreign substances e.g. pollen, animal dander, dust mites, and mold. Allergies vary in severity from person to person and can range from moderate discomfort to potentially life-threatening conditions.
An allergy test is typically performed through the examination of skin or blood to diagnose if you are allergic to something particular or not. Allergy tests are not adequate in most cases, if your physical and medical history indicates that you are allergic to something, allergy tests may be helpful in determining what you are allergic to.
Before you undergo skin or blood tests, it is necessary to have a discussion with your doctor about your lifestyle, family history, and symptoms that you may have observed. Typically, you will be directed to stop taking medications for a while.
Allergy tests identify your body’s reaction to certain allergens or allergy triggers. Your immune system overreacts in the form of skin irritation, nasal congestion, watery eyes, headache, and sore throat. Allergy tests confirm whether you are allergic to something or not, if yes, you would know what exactly you are allergic to.
There are different types of allergy tests, your doctor will opt for the best method based on your symptoms and the suspected allergens. Some of these tests are:
Intradermal Skin Test
Intradermal skin test checks for allergies to airborne irritants, medications, and insect stings. For this purpose, your medical help injects small amounts of the allergen into the outer layer of your skin.
Patch test determines the cause of contact dermatitis. In this test, your doctor places drops of an allergen onto the skin on your arm and covers the area with a bandage for 48 to 96 hours to check your skin for a rash or other reaction.
It is a typical blood test in which your doctor sends a sample of your blood to a lab for an IgE test. The lab tests the amount of IgE antibodies in the blood sample by adding allergens to it.
An allergy test has a slight probability of causing a serious allergic reaction that needs medical attention. The Medical Office of Katy is always prepared to handle such allergic response if it occurs at our office however if the reaction happens after you have left our office, you should immediately call emergency.
For more information, visit us today or book an appointment online. We serve patients from Katy TX, Park Row TX, Cinco Ranch TX, Brookshire TX, Pittsville TX and Mission Bend TX.
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