No two people are alike and neither are their treatment plans. That’s why we spend the time getting to know you – your medical history, your symptoms and your goals for care. We may also recommend additional testing to get a clear picture of your health.
- Skin tests check for allergic reactions by pricking the skin with a small amount of a common allergen, such as dust, pollen or cat dander. Your provider can test for many different allergens at once. Reactions tend to happen quickly – within about 20 minutes. Your skin may become red, inflamed or itchy at the site if you are allergic to the substance. This test helps your provider identify what may be causing your allergies and the next steps for your treatment plan.
- Challenge tests allow patients to inhale (or eat) a small amount of a known allergen. These tests are always supervised by medical professionals and can help identify a food or drug allergy. Challenge tests can also help people overcome certain food allergies.
- Blood tests can identify allergens that trigger severe reactions. A blood test may be used if a skin test was inconclusive or if your healthcare provider wants additional information.
- Spirometry tests and measures lung function and helps diagnose asthma. Your provider may order additional testing, including lung X-rays, challenge tests or an exhaled nitric oxide test.