What Is the Most Effective Allergy Test?
Allergy testing includes procedures like skin pricks and blood tests and identifies specific triggers for allergic reactions. The results guide individualized methods of treatment, which may include allergy prevention measures or medicinal medications to alleviate symptoms. If you believe you have allergies, come to Fresno Medical Center for an allergy test today. For more information, contact us now or schedule an appointment online. We are conveniently located at 6069 N First St # 103, Fresno, CA 93710.
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Allergies are an extremely common condition, affecting approximately 1 in every 6 Americans. Symptoms of allergies come in many different forms, from watery eyes and running nose, to itchy welts and hives on the skin. Due to the commonness of allergies, there are many different treatments available. Unfortunately, many cases of allergies go untreated simply because they are undiagnosed. That is why it is important to receive an allergy test if experiencing any symptoms that might be related to allergies.
During an allergy test, a small amount of a suspected allergen is placed on or below the skin in order to see if an allergic reaction develops. There are three types of skin tests:
Skin Prick Test — Skin prick tests are performed by placing a small amount of a solution containing a possible allergen on the skin, which is then followed by a series of needle pricks to allow the solution to enter the skin. If the skin develops a red, raised itchy area known as a wheal, it typically means that the person is allergic to that allergen. This is called a positive reaction.
Intradermal Test — During an intradermal allergy test, a small amount of the allergen solution is injected into the skin. When a substance does not cause a reaction in the skin prick test but is still suspected as an allergen for that person, an intradermal allergy test may be performed. The intradermal test is more sensitive than the skin prick test but is more likely to produce a false-positive result, meaning that the person does not actually have symptoms to that allergen.
Skin Patch Test — For a skin patch test, the allergen solution is placed on a pad that is taped to the skin for up to 72 hours. This test is used to detect a skin allergy called contact dermatitis and is known to produce accurate results.
The allergy test that is largely considered the most effective is the skin prick test. It is also the most common type of allergy test performed. Skin prick tests are typically the most accurate and affordable way to confirm a case of allergies. They are a simple, safe and quick test, providing results in under 20 minutes.
While there are many different types of allergies, some are more common than others. The most common allergies include:
• Tree Nuts
• Raw Fruits and Vegetables
• Sesame Seeds
It is strongly recommended to receive an allergy test if you are exhibiting symptoms related to allergies, such as runny nose, watery or itchy eyes, itchy skin, hives or rashes. If symptoms are present after eating a certain type of food, it is imperative to get tested for allergies as soon as possible. On the other hand, if you are not experiencing any allergic-type symptoms, it is not recommended to receive an allergy test. Speak with your primary care physician to see if you should receive an allergy test.
Whether you are experiencing congestion, skin irritation, itchy eyes or a runny nose, come to Fresno Medical Center to receive an allergy test today. Our kind and compassionate professionals are experienced in performing allergy tests and can help you determine the cause of your symptoms! We are dedicated to providing the highest level of service at each visit, for every single patient. Call us today to book an appointment. We proudly serve the areas of Fresno CA, Burness CA, Locans CA, Lone Star CA, Mayfair CA, Muscatel CA, Oleander CA, and West Park CA.
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