Allergy Testing

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Humble Family Practice

Family Medicine located in Humble, TX & Atascocita, TX

Allergies are a common cause of illness in the United States, affecting about one of every five Americans. If you feel you have a cough that won’t go away, it may be time to get allergy tested. Humble Family Practice, with offices in Humble and Atascocita, Texas, specializes in allergy testing and treatment. Call the office today or schedule an appointment using the online booking button.

Allergy Testing Q & A

What are Allergies?

An allergy is an overreaction of your body’s immune system to a substance it considers harmful, even though it’s not. When you’re exposed to the allergen, such as pollen or pet dander, your immune system sends out antibodies to protect you, which ultimately cause inflammation in various parts of your body, such as your nose, skin, or digestive system.

What are Common Allergy Triggers?

While you can develop an allergy to anything, there are common allergy triggers. Some of the most common allergens include:

  • Pollen
  • Pet dander
  • Foods such as peanuts, wheat, milk, and seafood
  • Latex
  • Bees and wasps

You can also develop an allergy to a medication, such as penicillin.

What are Allergy Symptoms?

Allergy symptoms vary depending on what you’re allergic to and can be mild to severe. Common symptoms include:

  • Coughing, sneezing, itchy eyes
  • Rash
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Swollen lips, face, or tongue
  • Wheezing or difficulty breathing

In severe cases, you may develop anaphylaxis, which is a life-threatening medical condition that requires immediate medical attention. Anaphylaxis can lead to loss of consciousness, difficulty breathing, or a drop in blood pressure.

What is Allergy Testing?

If your symptoms indicate you may have allergies, your practitioner at Humble Family Practice may recommend allergy testing to determine the cause of your reaction, which helps target treatment.

Types of allergy testing include:

  • Skin Prick Test: During a skin prick test, a small amount of an allergen is placed in a needle and injected into your skin. If your skin becomes inflamed, then it’s likely you’re allergic. The skin prick test is done at the office under close supervision.
  • Skin Patch Test: If your primary symptom is a skin rash, referred to as contact dermatitis, your practitioner at Humble Family Practice may recommend a skin patch test. During this test, 30 or so patches with allergens are placed on your arm and left there for up to 48 hours. At the end of the 48 hours, the patches are removed and your skin is evaluated for reactions.
  • Blood Test: A blood test can measure the allergy-causing antibodies to help identify the source of your allergic reaction.

How are Allergies Treated?

Once your practitioner at Humble Family Practice has identified the source of your allergies, you get a personalized treatment plan to help reduce your symptoms. Avoiding the allergen is usually the first step in symptom relief. However, if you can’t avoid your allergy trigger, such as pollen, your practitioner may recommend medication to help lessen your symptoms, such as antihistamines.

For allergy testing and treatment, call Humble Family Practice today, or schedule an appointment using the online booking button.