Do you find you spend a lot of time sniffling and sneezing? Do you seem to get a head cold the same time of year every year? While many people mistake their symptoms for a spring cold, it is more likely they have allergies. Allergies cause many of the symptoms people associate with colds. They are also one of the most common sinus infection causes. If you suffer from head colds, congestion, sinus headaches and other ills, allergy testing can help you learn the cause of your symptoms so you can start finding relief.
Who Should Get Allergy Testing?
Allergy testing is a good option for people who find they are having allergy symptoms. Common nasal allergy symptoms include a runny nose, itchy eyes, sore throat, sneezing, congestion and others.
How Are Allergy Tests Performed?
In most cases, allergy testing is performed using a skin test. A small amount of an allergen is applied to a plastic needle that is then used to lightly prick the skin. The needle is extremely fine; most people feel, at worst, a mild irritation. With the latest testing methods, your doctor can check for allergies to up to 40 known allergens at once. We’ll check for sensitivity to the most common allergy triggers, such as pollen, dust mites, mold and foods. After the test, your doctor will inspect the tested areas to look for reactions. A raised welt or red mark can indicate an allergy.
In some cases, people who are taking certain medications cannot get conclusive results from skin tests. People suffering certain types of rashes may also be unable to use a skin test to get allergy testing results. In these cases, a blood test can provide information about your allergies.
What Happens After the Allergy Test?
After the test, your doctor will talk about the allergens that were discovered. From there, you will develop a treatment plan to help manage your allergies effectively. What treatment is right for you is highly individual. Some people just need to take an antihistamine or other treatment during allergy season. Others may find a daily treatment year round is the best way to find relief. Still others will opt for treatments that can range from balloon sinuplasty to allergy shots.
In addition, your doctor may discuss methods for minimizing allergy symptoms. For instance, staying indoors on high pollen count days and changing your clothes as soon as you return home can help you avoid exposure to allergens. Other choices can include choosing low allergen pets and taking an antihistamine before times you know you’ll be exposed to your allergens.
If you are experiencing allergy symptoms, you do not need to suffer. By learning what is causing your symptoms, you can create a plan to get relief. We work with patients to create customized care that fits your allergies and your life. Are you ready to find relief? Get in touch today to learn whether allergy testing can be beneficial for you.