What Are Allergies?
The human body can protect itself from invaders such as bacteria, but that defense is a double-edged sword. Sometimes, it can get defensive against harmless substances such as mold and dust. When that happens, our immune system initiates several chemical attacks to destroy those ‘enemies.’ Unfortunately, this leads to extreme and sometimes life-threatening symptoms (such as asphyxiation).
Types of Allergens
Year Round Allergies
What Can I Expect During My Visit?
If you have never had a severe allergic reaction before but think you may be prone to one and are unsure what your symptoms are, get yourself tested. One of our providers will discuss your medical history – this includes details about your overall health, symptoms, and medications you have tried before. We will also ask you to detail your symptoms – tell the doctor when your symptoms flare up, how often, and what you think triggers them. You will also be asked about your work and eating habits for clues that can help them pinpoint your allergies. Once these questions and a physical test are complete, the provider might conduct an allergy test.
Types of Tests
Most common, fastest, and reliable test your provider will use to evaluate you. Medicine can affect test results. Always talk to your doctor beforehand about any medications you are currently taking.
While it is a bit more expensive than a skin test, a blood test is recommended for anyone who suffers from painful flare-ups or skin reactions. The former may prove dangerous. Results available within a couple of days.
Elimination Diet Test
If food allergies are suspected, he may ask you to stop eating them for a while so they can be sure. If you show no allergy symptoms two to three weeks after you stop eating that food, the doctor will ask you to start eating them again to determine if your symptoms return.
Book An Appointment Today!
Your allergies don’t have to take over your life. You first need to take control of them to determine the substances you are allergic to. Contact Inspire and book a consultation with a provider today. The doctor will conduct a complete physical and consultation before recommending non-invasive and safe tests per your condition and overall health.
Frequently Asked Questions
YES! We do a consultation and perform a physical test which takes time. We want to give you our undivided attention so an appointment is required.
Not at all! Skin tests involve a small, surface-level scratch that typically does not bleed. Slight pressure and itchiness is typically experienced but your provider will clean your skin and provide a soothing cream for itch-relief. Any residual symptoms will cease after a half hour to a few hours. Please note, if you have highly sensitive skin or experience painful reactions, your doctor will recommend a blood test to avoid any severe reactions.
Yes! We want to make sure your allergy testing and immunotherapy are tailored to you specifically. That’s why your consultation appointment is so important.
Some medications can compromise the test results so ask your doctor if you need to stop taking any before the test is conducted. The provider will provide you with a list of medications to stop before the allergy testing.
You can find allergy tests and kits in your local drug store, but that doesn’t mean you should use them. Most of these are misleading. Some may also give you a false positive. This means it may indicate an allergy, even if you don’t have it. Unreliable test results can lead to unnecessary and inconvenient lifestyle changes, such as elimination of nutrients from your diet or giving up a beloved family pet.