Need relief from allergies? Step one is allergy testing.

Allergy testing is the key to understanding the root causes of your allergic reactions. By identifying the specific allergens triggering your symptoms, you can take targeted steps to manage your allergies and experience relief.

What is allergy testing?

Skin tests are the prevailing approach for allergy testing. They involve applying a small quantity of a suspected allergen to the skin, typically on the forearm or back. Two primary types of skin tests are used:

  • Skin Prick Test: In this test, a minute amount of allergen extract is placed on the skin, and a small needle or lancet pierces the skin's surface, allowing the allergen to enter. If an individual is allergic to the substance, they will develop a small, itchy bump or hive at the test site within 15-20 minutes.
  • Intradermal Test: In this variation, a small amount of allergen is injected beneath the skin's surface. Intradermal tests are usually employed for allergens that may not produce a reaction in a skin prick test.

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With over 45 years of serving Louisiana, our team offers a comprehensive range of medical and surgical care for ear, nose, throat, and breathing conditions. Our board-certified, fellowship-trained surgeons and providers are dedicated to using evidence-based ENT medicine to provide long-term relief. We pride ourselves on delivering personalized one-on-one care, fostering a collaborative patient-physician relationship, and achieving superior patient outcomes.

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One of the advantages of allergy testing is that it typically involves minimal discomfort and has no associated recovery time. You can undergo the assessment without concerns about downtime or disruptions to your daily routine. After the test, you can resume your regular activities, including work, school, exercise, and social commitments. There's no requirement for post-test rest or observation. 

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Reasons for choosing Louisiana ENT.

When you choose Louisiana ENT for your allergy testing, you're selecting a partner dedicated to providing accurate diagnosis and effective allergy management. Our team of experienced allergists and healthcare professionals is committed to delivering the highest level of precision in allergy testing. We prioritize your well-being, ensuring you receive the support and care you need for a life with fewer allergies. Contact us today to schedule your allergy testing and start your journey to effective allergy management. Your path to relief begins here.

Allergy Testing FAQs

What is involved in allergy testing?

Allergy testing typically includes skin tests or blood tests to identify specific allergens that may be causing your allergic reactions. Skin tests involve applying small amounts of suspected allergens to the skin, which can reveal specific allergens triggering your allergic reactions. Blood tests, such as the specific IgE (allergen-specific immunoglobulin E) blood test, measure allergen-specific antibodies in your bloodstream to determine the presence of allergies.

What is the cost of allergy testing?

The cost of allergy testing can vary based on the type of test, the number of allergens being assessed, and your location. It's essential to check with your healthcare provider or allergist to get a clear understanding of the costs associated with your specific allergy testing requirements. In many cases, insurance plans may cover a portion of the testing costs, and your healthcare provider can assist you in navigating the financial aspects of allergy testing. Understanding the cost factors involved is an important consideration for individuals seeking allergy testing.

Are allergy tests safe?

Allergy tests, when conducted by trained healthcare professionals, are generally safe and well-tolerated. These tests are recognized as reliable methods for determining your specific allergens, which is crucial for devising an effective allergy management plan. Healthcare providers administering allergy tests are well-versed in the necessary protocols and precautions to ensure your safety throughout the testing process.

Can I take allergy medications before testing?

It is essential to adhere to your allergist's guidance regarding medications before undergoing allergy testing. Some medications, particularly antihistamines and certain allergy drugs, can potentially interfere with the accuracy of the test results. Your healthcare provider will advise you on whether temporary discontinuation of specific medications is necessary to ensure the precision of the results. It's important to communicate your medication history and adhere to any pre-test instructions provided by your allergist.

What happens after allergy testing?

After the allergy testing, your allergist will discuss the results with you and collaboratively create a personalized allergy management plan. This plan will treat your specific allergens and symptoms. It may encompass various components, including lifestyle modifications, allergen avoidance strategies, and, if necessary, allergy treatments. The ultimate goal is to provide you with the tools and techniques to effectively manage your allergies, reduce your symptoms, and enhance your overall quality of life. Your allergist will guide you through each step of this process, ensuring you have a comprehensive and individualized plan for addressing your allergies.

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