Allergies are the body’s way of reacting to something that was touched, ingested or inhaled. Allergic reactions can range from mild to life threatening, and we typically do not know what will cause an allergic reaction until the reaction happens. The key to treating allergies begins with allergy testing, so that the particular allergens can be identified.
The Benefits of Allergy Testing
There is no cure all over the counter medication for treating allergies. If you have allergic reactions, it is easy to guess at what caused them, but without allergy testing you could be blaming the wrong source. For example, if you have itchy eyes and sniffling at home, you might blame your cat when the real culprit is dust mites. Once the allergens are properly identified through allergy testing, medication or immunotherapy can be decided on so that symptoms are reduced or eliminated.
How to Know if Allergy Testing is Right for You
If you experience any of the following, an allergy skin test is the first step in determining what allergies you may have so that a treatment plan can be developed.
- Itchy or watery eyes
- Nasal congestion
- Nasal discharge
- Itchy or irritated throat
- Hives or itchy spots on skin
- Cramping or diarrhea after eating certain foods
Call Atlanta ENT today to discuss your symptoms and schedule allergy testing. There is no reason to suffer with allergies!
Ramie A. Tritt, MD, President, Atlanta ENT