Allergy Testing Services Questions and Answers
Allergies can be a pain, and even worse when you have no idea what is causing you to have an allergic reaction. At Personal Physician Care in Delray Beach FL, we designed tests to help figure out what you are allergic to and we are available to provide comprehensive treatment for it. For more information, call us or book an appointment online.
How many types of allergy tests are there?
An allergy exam is performed by a trained allergist to determine if your body has an allergic reaction to a known substance. This exam can be in the form of either a blood test, a skin test, or an elimination diet.
How do you get tested for allergies?
If you have a high chance of a severe allergic reaction to a skin test, our specialists may call for a blood test instead. This blood test is done in a laboratory to show the presence of antibodies that fight specific allergens. This test is known as a ImmunoCAP, and is very successful in detecting IgE antibodies to major allergens.
Next is the skin test, which is used to identify numerous potential allergens. This can include airborne, food-related and even contact allergens. There are three types of skin tests available including the scratch test, intradermal test and the patch test.
Our specialists will typically try a scratch test first, this is when liquid is placed on a portion of your skin with a special tool that will lightly apply punctures to the skin’s surface with the allergen. You will then be closely monitored to see how your skin starts to react to the foreign substance. If there is any localized redness, swelling, itchiness or elevation on the skin over the test site, you are considered allergic to that specific allergen.
However, if the scratch test comes up inconclusive, our specialists may then order what is called an intradermal skin test. This test injects a tiny amount of allergen into the dermis layer of your skin and will be closely monitored by our specialists for a reaction.
Finally, the last skin test is called a patch test. This test involves using adhesive patches that already have the suspected allergens on them and they are placed on your skin in patches. These patches will remain in your body in place even after you leave our office. The patches will be reviewed within 48 hours after the initial application and then again at the 72 – 96-hour mark.
The last type of allergy exam is an elimination diet, this test will help our specialists determine which foods are causing you an allergic reaction. This test includes removing certain foods from your diet and then later adding them back into your diet. How you react to these foods will help determine which foods are causing you problems.
How long will it take to get allergy test results?
Like stated above, it depends on which test our specialists decide to go with.
If your specialist does a blood test, this test is done in a laboratory and can take anywhere from 5 to 7 business days. The skin tests that includes the scratch, intradermal and patch test may take anywhere from 2-4 business days, and finally the elimination diet can take the longest from a few weeks to a few months depending on how our specialists determine to add back in the suspected allergic foods into your diet.
What allergy tests do you provide?
At Personal Physician Care, we provide all of the allergy testing methods to make sure we help you rule out any allergies and find the precise cause of your allergic reaction. We are determined to make sure you leave with a better understanding of what is causing you to have a reaction, and how to better avoid it in the future.
If you have any questions about our allergy testing at Personal Physician Care, contact us today! For more information, please call us or book an appointment online. We serve patients from Delray Beach FL, Boca Raton FL, Boynton Beach FL, Sun Valley FL, High Point FL, and surrounding areas.