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How to Prepare for Allergy Testing

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1 in 4 Americans have allergies related to a wide range of factors, from food to the environment. If you think you might be suffering from certain allergies, it’s a good idea to get allergy testing even if you don’t show symptoms. Allergy testing at Emerge Medical & Well Spa takes as little as 15 minutes, it’s virtually painless, and it can get you the answers you need to start treating your allergies. In today’s blog, we talk about how to prepare for your allergy testing appointment and why it’s important.

Make a List

As you prepare for your upcoming allergy testing, there are a few things you need to know to ensure a quick and easy appointment. You will be asked a wide range of questions about your potential allergies, so it’s a good idea to write everything down before your appointment to avoid any confusion or forgetfulness. Here are some of the things you should write down or bring a record of:

  • Your medical history
  • Signs and symptoms
  • Previously diagnosed allergies
  • Any medications you take
  • How you normally treat your allergies
  • Any questions you have for the medical professionals

Understand Allergy Symptoms

Depending on what you’re allergic to, symptoms of allergies can present themselves in a number of ways. Allergies have the ability to affect your skin, airways, sinuses, nasal passages, and even your digestive system. Here are some of the causes and symptoms of different allergies:

 

  • Hay Fever can cause symptoms like sneezing, itchy eyes, nose, or roof of the mouth, runny nose, and swollen, watery eyes.
  • Food Allergies can cause tingling in the mouth or on the tongue, swollen lips, face, or throat, hives, and anaphylaxis.
  • Insect Sting Allergies can cause swelling, itching, hives, tightness in the chest, cough, shortness of breath, and anaphylaxis.
  • Drug Allergies can cause hives, itchy skin, rash, swelling of the face, wheezing, and anaphylaxis.

 

If you experience symptoms of anaphylaxis or a severe allergic reaction with serious symptoms, seek emergency help right away.

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Consult Your Doctor About Medications

As you prepare, it’s also important to remember that some medications might interfere with allergy testing results by suppressing them or making them worse. Before you stop taking any of these medications, especially prescription medications, consult your doctor because you may be asked to stop taking them for up to 10 days. These medications include:

  • Prescription or over-the-counter antihistamines
  • Antidepressants
  • Heartburn medications
  • Asthma medications

What To Do Next

Now that you’re prepared with all the information you need for successful allergy testing at Emerge Medical & Well Spa, you can be confident that you’ll receive the results you need to take control of your allergies. Some allergies can be easily resolved by avoiding allergens or taking medication, but for some allergies, it’s just not that easy! That’s why we also offer cost-effective Immunotherapy treatments with lasting results that have been trusted by physicians for over 100 years.

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Allergy Testing and Immunotherapy at Emerge

If you’re experiencing symptoms of allergies or you want to be tested as a precautionary measure, contact the medical spa location at Emerge Medical & Well Spa in Tulsa! Our medical professionals will help make your experience comfortable and easy. If you are interested in any of our other services, Emerge offers a refreshing blend of medical and spa techniques with a wide variety of massages, facials, wellness services, BOTOXⓇ treatments, eyelash extensions, and more! Find out more about our services online or call our medical spa location at 918-392-8606 to make an appointment today!

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Common Myths About Allergy Testing

Emerge Medical & Well Spa: Common Myths About Allergy Testing

Allergies differ from person-to-person. However, both mild and severe allergies can have a negative impact on your life. Nothing’s quite as annoying as frequently suffering from headaches, skin rashes, cold symptoms, and wheezing. Emerge Medical & Well Spa can help to detect these symptoms early to get to the root of the problem.

There are many misconceptions surrounding allergy testing. While the internet has many sources for medical advice, we suggest you see our professional team to ensure accuracy. Read on to learn about some common allergy testing myths and why you should seek out our professionals.

Myth: All Allergy Tests Are the Same

There have been several new allergy testing methods introduced recently. At-home tests sold in drugstores and ancestry kits that look at past family health are two examples of allergy testing methods that are not accurate. The two most common allergy testing methods that provide accurate information are skin tests and blood tests.

Skin testing and blood testing help to ensure the most accurate information. Skin testing is the oldest, most reliable, and most common form of allergy testing. At Emerge Medical & Well Spa, we offer skin testing that is pain-free and can take as little as 15 minutes to reveal the source of your allergy troubles.

Myth: Only Children Need to Get Allergy Tested

While allergy testing is commonly performed at early ages, it is not solely for children. We highly encourage adults who haven’t had an allergy test to come to Emerge in order to find a solution. Allergies can develop later in life, and new symptoms can arise at any time. They often become relevant at some of the most inconvenient times. We want to give you relief from these symptoms through our natural immunotherapy treatment.

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Myth: You Must Completely Avoid Anything That Tested Positive

While there are items that might need to be avoided, there are often allergens that simply need to be taken in moderation. Our team is able to thoroughly explain the severity of allergens and how you need to address them in the future. After looking at the test, we are able to examine other factors to reinforce these results. Some of the results may show as positive, meaning there is a possibility for an allergy. With immunotherapy, there are different options available that are personally customized to your specific treatment.

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Emerge Medical & Well Spa Can Help

Emerge Medical & Well Spa offers allergy testing that can provide accurate results in a quick and painless way. Our professionals are there to work with you through the process, providing support during and after the test. Immunotherapy treatment is a true solution for allergy treatment.

Determining your allergies early can help you feel healthy and beautiful. To learn more about our immunotherapy treatment, look at our wellness services page. Call the Emerge Medical & Well Spa at (918) 392-8606 and make an allergy testing appointment today!

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