With the changing seasons comes sneezing, coughing, runny noses, and itchy eyes. Allergies are a widespread issue that affects millions of individuals around the world each year. In fact, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America reported that allergies “affect as many as 30 percent of adults and 40 percent of children.” Since there are many types of allergies such as food, skin, drug, latex, and insect allergies, it is important to get tested so that you can identify exactly what type of allergy is affecting you most. During this article we will highlight some of the common symptoms that come with seasonal allergies, as well as how allergy tests are administered and analyzed.
If you are located in Jax Beach or the surrounding areas, and are searching for a qualified office to conduct and review your allergy test, contact the professionals at L.A. Quinn M.D. today. We possess countless years of experience in identifying and treating a variety of allergy concerns, and we are equipped with the proper tools to ensure that you can regain your sense of wellbeing with proven treatments from our office. From bio-identical hormone therapy to body sculpting treatments designed to remove fatty adipose tissue, our treatments are safe and have proven to be effective for a number of patients. To learn how allergies affect the human body, or to learn more about the allergy testing process, continue reading more below.
While you may think allergies are a minor inconvenience, the evidence that they are detrimental for many individuals is overwhelmingly shocking. In 2010 alone, “Americans with nasal swelling spent about $17.5 billion on health costs. They have also lost more than 6 million work and school days and made 16 million visits to their doctor.” When you consider that these numbers exclusively represent nasal swelling, you can begin to see that the other types of allergic reactions found among individuals also play a significant role in health costs. For this reason, you should consider scheduling an allergy test with L.A. Quinn M.D. if you experience any of the common symptoms listed below.
Seasonal Allergy Symptoms
- Inflamed sinuses
- Red, watery, or itchy eyes
- Runny Nose
These are just a few symptoms that many experience during allergy season. There are many other symptoms worth considering, however, the symptoms listed above are the most common indicators that you may be suffering from seasonal allergies. If you are fairly certain that you are a victim of seasonal allergies, scheduling an allergy test is easy and relatively pain free.
How Allergy Tests Are Conducted
If you suffer from allergies, the good news is that allergy tests do not cause an incredible amount of pain or discomfort. To begin, a small lancet with a miniscule amount of the allergen in question is administered on the patient’s skin. This is achieved by puncturing the outer most layer of the skin. While this sounds like a painful procedure, allergy testing causes no bleeding and is completed fairly quickly.
Most patients will only be required to wait up to 30 minutes, as it generally takes 15 minutes to administer a variety of allergens before waiting an additional 15 minutes to receive results. Our trained professionals can easily determine which allergens your body react to the most, as you will experience redness or minor swelling in the areas where allergic reactions occur. Since millions of individuals are affected by allergies each year, most health insurance providers will cover allergy testing, making this a cost-effective way to identify which allergens are giving you the most discomfort.
Preparing for Your Allergy Test
While many blood tests require you to fast beforehand, allergy testing is fairly straightforward. Patients who plan on getting tested for seasonal allergies will be required to halt their intake of any antihistamines a week before their allergy test. Antihistamines effectively block the effects felt by histamines, which are responsible for making you feel the symptoms associated with an allergic reaction. This is why it is important to stop taking antihistamines before your allergy test, so that we can successfully conduct the allergy test while also receiving accurate results.
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