See what your life can be like when you stop suffering from allergies. Highland Park Allergy and Asthma Specialists will help diagnose your allergies and recommend a personalized treatment plan just for you!
Allergy Skin Prick Testing
Allergy skin testing is performed to test your allergic sensitivities to certain environmental allergens such as cat, dog, dust, mold, and pollens. It is performed by placing a small drop of the allergen usually on your back and then scratching it slightly to barely break the surface of the skin.
Food Allergy Testing
Testing for food allergies can be done through skin prick testing and/or blood testing. Skin testing is considered more accurate. Often for food allergies, physicians may want both skin and blood testing to get a complete picture.
Spirometry is a lung function test that can screen for asthma but also monitor the stability of your asthma. It is test done in the office and involves you blowing out fast and hard for 6 seconds. Often time several attempts will be done to obtain an accurate result.
Immunotherapy (Allergy Shots)
Allergy shots are a way of making your body less allergic. It is the only treatment currently available that changes the immune system and prevents new allergies and asthma.
Sublingual Immunotherapy (Allergy Drops)
Sublingual immunotherapy is administered under the tongue. It involves introducing small amounts of allergen to your body in order to make you less allergic. There are two forms: drops and tablets.
In some cases if skin and/or blood testing to foods is negative, low, or decreasing, your physician may recommend a food challenge. This involves giving you small amounts of the food in question and increasing the dose usually every 30 minutes.
There are many medications for which there is no allergy skin test available and no accurate blood test. Your doctor will get a detailed history. In some cases, if the physician feels it is safe, they may recommend a drug challenge.
Over 90% of patients reporting a penicillin allergy are not allergic to penicillin. Penicillin skin testing is a safe and effective way of determining if you are still allergic to penicillin or not.