If you have recently developed an allergic reaction and aren’t sure of the cause, allergy testing can help you determine what you are allergic to so that you can get treatment. Allergy testing is also very helpful for younger children, who are more likely to have allergies arise during their development. Learn more here about allergy testing and what you can expect.
What Allergy Testing Is
During allergy testing, your body is exposed to potential allergens and then observed to see if there is an allergic reaction. The testing is done in a small, controlled area to try to prevent severe allergic reactions that might need immediate treatment. The process of allergy testing might seem scary at first because you are being exposed to what you think you are allergic to. However, the process is completely safe when you remain under the supervision of your doctor for the duration of the testing.
Types of Allergy Tests
The most common type of allergy testing is a skin scratch test. This can be done in one small area with just one allergen, or a larger part of your body might be tested for multiple allergens at once. The doctor will prick the skin with the allergen, leaving a tiny scratch on your arm or back. Each allergen being tested gets its own scratch, although you can be tested for multiple allergens at once.
Within a few minutes, if there is an allergic reaction, a small red welt will appear where the skin was scratched with the allergen. This may or may not tell the doctor how severe the allergy is, but it will display whether or not you are allergic to the substance.
Why You Should Have Allergy Testing
Allergy testing is important if you are having an allergic reaction and don’t know the cause. Especially in the case of severe allergic reactions such as anaphylaxis or troublesome rashes or hives, it is a good idea to avoid what you are allergic to. Allergy testing allows you to know what substances you should be avoiding.
If you are interested in learning more about allergy testing or want to set up your own appointment, contact us today for more information.