Are You Suffering From Allergies?
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Allergies, Allergy Testing & Immunotherapy Treatment
Allergies are a result of a dysfunction of the immune system; they are a normal immunological process mounted against an inappropriate stimulus. The immune system believes that it is being invaded by a parasite rather than a harmless allergen present in the environment. The immune system's overreaction to these allergens takes the form of irritating allergy symptoms.
Allergies are commonly categorized as "airborne allergies" or "food allergies." For more detailed information about each, choose the appropriate category:
| Food Allergies
The most common symptoms that everyone is familiar with include:
- Watery, itchy and red eyes
- Rhinitis or runny nose
- Nasal Congestion
- Chronic sinus congestion and infection
- Frequent ear infections
But the list doesn't stop there. Below are lesser-known symptoms that are also strong indicators of allergic symptoms.
- Skin problems including atopic dermatitis or eczema, hives, and urticaria
- Respiratory effects including endless colds, chronic cough, and recurrent or chronic bronchitis
- Conjunctivitis (allergic eye irritation)
- Nasal polyps
- Muscle and joint pain
- Mental effects such as confusion, slow thinking, depression, and forgetfulness
- Gastrointestinal symptoms including gas and bloating, diarrhea, constipation, gastritis, and canker sores
- Chronic ear infection
Together with your medical history, allergy test results may be able to confirm whether or not a particular substance you touch, breathe or eat is causing symptoms. There are several ways to test for airborne and food allergies: skin and blood.
Allergy Skin Tests
Skin testing for allergies is used to identify the substances that are causing your allergy symptoms. It is often performed by exposing your skin to suspected allergy-causing substances (allergens) and is then observed for signs of an allergic reaction. There are three types of skin test for allergies:
- Scratch (Puncture or Prick) Test: scratching and pricking the skin to allow exposure. To allergens.
- Intradermal Test: with this method the allergen is injected under the skin
- Patch Test: Allergen coated patch is worn for a specified period to time.
Allergy Blood Testing - RAST Or ELISA
A blood test called RAST (radioallergosorbent) or ELISA (Enzyme Linked Immunosorbant Assay) measures the levels of immunoglobulin E (IgE), or immunoglobulin G (IgG) key antibodies that are released during an allergic reaction. The blood test is non-invasive and can be done along with your routine blood tests or it could be drawn at our office.
Blood testing for allergies is another good option for you if:
- You cannot discontinue allergy medication for the skin test.
- Your sensitivity to the allergen puts you at a greater risk.
- You have a skin condition that skin allergy testing is not an option
One problem with the IgE and IgG blood test for allergies is that it may not be sensitive enough. This means that the tests often are negative or undetectable even when you are symptomatic when you are exposed to the allergens. In the event that your allergy tests show undetectable or negative results, but you are symptomatic, our Sublingual Immunotherapy for airborne allergies may still be the best option for you.
If you suffer from one or more of these symptoms,
don't let allergies cut into your quality of life any longer.
Call us at 760-944-9300 to find out if our
allergy treatment program is right for you.