Allergy Testing

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Family Medical Center

Family Medicine located in Orlando, FL

When your allergies make you miserable with sneezing, a runny or stuffy nose, and watery eyes, and you decide it’s time to get serious about treatment, your first step is to undergo allergy testing. Family Medical Center offers comprehensive allergy testing in the office followed by at-home allergy shots. To schedule an appointment for allergy testing, use online booking or call the office in Orlando, Florida.

Allergy Testing Q&A

When should I consider allergy testing?

There are two key treatments for allergies. The first one is to avoid your allergens as much as possible. The second treatment is immunotherapy, which is often called allergy shots. Before you can get either treatment, you must know your exact allergens.

Immunotherapy only works when your shots contain your specific allergens. You also need to know your allergens before you can come up with a reasonable plan to avoid them.

You can schedule allergy testing whenever you need symptom relief. However, you should get tested and seek treatment when your allergies cause:

  • Chronic nasal congestion or sinus infections
  • Allergy symptoms several months out of the year
  • Allergies severe enough to affect daily activities
  • Wheezing or shortness of breath

If you have asthma, getting immunotherapy to treat your allergies helps improve asthma symptoms.

What types of allergy tests are performed?

There are several basic types of allergy tests:

Skin test

Your provider at Family Medical Center places a small amount of allergen on your skin, then the area is pricked or scratched so the allergen can get under your skin. If you’re allergic, you have a small skin reaction in about 15 minutes.

Intradermal test

This is similar to a skin prick test except that your doctor injects the allergen under your skin.

Blood test

Your blood can be tested for allergies if a skin test can’t be done due to a skin condition.

The providers at Family Medical Center perform a 60-panel skin test in the office that checks for multiple potential allergens, including local or regional allergens.

What happens after allergy testing?

When your 60-panel skin test is finished, you’ll talk with your provider about which substances you’re allergic to, how to avoid your allergens as much as possible, and whether you want to start immunotherapy (allergy shots).

If you decide to undergo immunotherapy, you’ll take a series of shots that contain a small amount of your allergen. Over time, your body builds up a tolerance to the allergen so you stop having allergic reactions.

The providers at Family Medical Center make immunotherapy easy to obtain by prescribing allergy shots you take at home.

Keep in mind, however, that there’s only one way to treat a food allergy, and that’s to eliminate the food from your diet.

If you’re interested in allergy testing, call the office or book an appointment online today.