An occasional tickle in your throat, runny nose, or bout of minor itching probably isn’t anything to worry about. If these are symptoms you have every day, however, it’s time to determine the cause and get treatment. At 1Body1Life in Chicago and Naperville, Illinois, you visit with a medical doctor with an extensive background in diagnosing allergies. Once you understand which allergens are triggering your symptoms, you know what to avoid and can get started on allergy treatments.
You need to undergo allergy testing if you regularly experience signs and symptoms of allergies. Some red flags that an allergen may be triggering symptoms include:
While many of these symptoms are more uncomfortable than anything, they can be dangerous. They are warning signs that your body doesn’t react well to something in your environment. While your symptoms might be mild now, symptoms can become serious and lead to severe throat swelling and anaphylactic shock.
Once you know exactly what you’re allergic to, the best thing you can do is avoid that allergen. If the allergy test shows that you’re allergic to nuts, for instance, you know you should stop consuming foods with nuts.
Environmental allergens are nearly impossible to avoid, though. Things like mold, dust, and pollen aren’t easy to stay away from. Your dedicated physician provides options for living with allergies and controlling symptoms. You may need:
Allergy testing usually involves blood work or a skin test — sometimes both. While the blood test can be beneficial if you’re unable to have a skin test, it doesn’t test for as many allergens. The advanced skin tests available allow your physician to evaluate dozens of allergens that could be triggering your symptoms with just one visit.
The skin prick test involves placing tiny droplets of an allergy-containing solution onto your skin. Your practitioner gently scratches or pricks your skin with a small needle, allowing the solution to penetrate your skin. If this causes a red, raised bump, you’re likely allergic to that substance.
Some patients need an intradermal test, which requires your doctor to inject a small amount of the allergen into your skin. Usually this is only needed if your physician suspects that you’re allergic to something but couldn’t confirm through a positive reading from a skin test.
Another option is having a skin patch test, in which you wear a patch containing an allergen solution for 24-72 hours. This skin test is used for diagnosing contact dermatitis.
The physicians at 1Body1Life perform allergy tests right in the office. Schedule your allergy testing by booking an appointment online or calling today.