Did you know that more than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies every year, making allergies the sixth leading cause of chronic illness? Monica Sandhu, DO, at Magnolia Allergy and Asthma offers allergy testing that identifies your specific allergens, then she creates personalized treatment to relieve your symptoms. To schedule an appointment for allergy testing, call one of the offices in Dallas or Corsicana, Texas, or use the online booking feature today.
While your symptoms may clearly point to allergies, allergy testing is the only way to identify your specific allergens. It’s essential to have allergy testing before receiving allergy shots, and testing may be needed to determine the best treatment.
You may also need allergy testing when:
Allergens are known to cause anaphylaxis, a life-threatening allergic response, include foods, insect venom, medications, and latex.
Dr. Sandhu uses several types of allergy tests for allergens specific to Texas, but skin prick testing is the most frequently used test.
During a skin prick test, Dr. Sandhu places a small dose of one or more suspected allergens on your skin and then gently scratches the skin underneath the substance. You wait in the office for about 15 minutes, and then she checks to see if you had a skin reaction, which indicates you’re allergic to that substance.
During an intradermal test, Dr. Sandhu injects the suspected allergen under your skin, where you have a quick reaction if you’re allergic to that substance. Intradermal tests are usually done to verify the results when a skin prick test is negative.
A patch test is another type of skin test in which contact allergens such as poison ivy and detergents are placed on a patch, then Dr. Sandhu places the patch on your back. You wear the patch for 48 hours, then go back to see Dr. Sandhu so she can check for skin reactions. You may need to continue wearing the patch several more days to give enough time for a reaction to develop.
Blood testing isn’t routinely used because skin prick tests provide immediate results. However, Dr. Sandhu may recommend a blood test if:
To schedule an evaluation to learn if you should have allergy testing, call Magnolia Allergy and Asthma or use the online booking feature.