Emerge: Should You Get Allergy Testing?
Allergy Testing – Emerge Medical & Well Spa
Allergies are a pain! Sometimes it can be hard to determine exactly what you’re allergic to and how to treat it. The best way to find out is to get an allergy test. Once you find out what’s disrupting your system, you’ll be able to develop a plan and get on the road to feeling better. Read on to find out more about what to expect from an allergy test!
Different Types of Allergy Testing
There are several different types of allergy tests from which you can choose. The most common type of allergy test is the puncture or prick test. The skin on your arm will be cleaned and labeled. After that, a drop of the allergen will be placed on your skin, and you’ll be pricked with a needle so that the allergen can be introduced into your system. An intradermal test is similar, except the allergen is injected directly into your skin. Finally, there’s the patch test in which a sticky patch, with the allergen present, is stuck to your skin. Different tests take different amounts of time to show results, so keep that in mind when deciding what method to employ.
How to Prepare for Your Allergy Test
It is important to disclose all the medications you’re taking and provide a medical history as well. If you’re taking antihistamines, you need to stop before you get an allergy test. Antihistamines stop allergic reactions and will, therefore, get in the way of accurate results.
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What to Do After Your Allergy Test
If you find out that you’re allergic to something, it’s time to come up with a plan to treat your allergies. One of the best solutions is to use immunotherapy. The idea is to desensitize your immune system to antigens by introducing them in drops on your tongue or via injection. This is not a treatment that can be used for every allergy, so make sure you talk to your doctor.
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Come to Emerge Medical and Well Spa
If you have an allergy and your doctor thinks that immunotherapy is right for you, then come to see us at Emerge Medical & Day Spa. We offer immunotherapy treatment as well as allergy testing. Contact us today to find out more about the process and how we can help improve your life!
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