How to Prepare for Allergy Testing

Specialist performing allergy testing on arm

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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