Why Allergy Testing Is Important
posted: Jul. 28, 2022.
How allergy testing from your ENT specialists in Los Angeles, CA, can help you get relief from allergies
Do you dread the spring and summer months because of seasonal allergies? If so, allergy testing is an important step to take. When you have allergy testing, you can find out what you are allergic to, and take steps to avoid the substance. Your ENT specialist can help.
Dr. Jahangir Sharifi and Dr. Cheryl Nocon at LA Sinus & Allergy Specialists in Los Angeles, CA, provide a wide range of ENT services, including allergy testing, to help you get relief from allergies.
You may have an allergic response when you are exposed to a substance, known as an allergen. There are many types of allergens, including:
- Seasonal allergens, like grasses, trees, flowers, and pollen
- Environmental allergens, like mold, mildew, and spores
- Household allergens, like pet dander and dust mites
- Food allergens, like seafood, peanuts, and dairy
Exposure to any of these allergens can cause:
- Coughing and sneezing
- An itchy, runny nose
- Itchy, watery eyes
- Skin irritations or a rash
- Nausea and vomiting
- Breathing difficulties
The first step in dealing with allergies is allergy testing, provided by your ENT specialist. Allergy testing can include:
Skin tests–injecting small amounts of substance under the skin and watching for a positive reaction including redness, swelling, or a rash.
Challenge tests–inhaling or ingesting a small amount of food or medication and waiting for a positive reaction.
Blood tests–sending a small amount of your blood to a laboratory where it is tested against multiple allergens.
Allergy testing is the gateway to allergy treatment. Once you know what you are allergic to, you can avoid the substance. Your ENT specialist may also recommend allergy treatment, which can include allergy shots, and sublingual drop therapy.
To learn more about the importance of allergy testing, and how it can help you get relief from allergies, call Dr. Jahangir Sharifi and Dr. Cheryl Nocon at LA Sinus & Allergy Specialists in Los Angeles, CA. You can reach them in the office by calling (323) 226-0022, so call today.