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Do you suffer from the discomfort of allergies? Allergy testing can help you find out what you’re allergic to so you can be treated. Anita Gupta, MD, at Sunshine Walk-In Clinic in Lake Mary, Florida, is an expert family physician who performs allergy testing for patients experiencing allergy symptoms. To schedule an allergy test, call the office, use the convenient online booking tool, or simply walk into the clinic today.
Allergy testing helps determine what substances cause your body to have unwanted, negative reactions. Once your doctor identifies the allergens, the right treatment can be provided so you can start feeling better.
Allergies can cause different symptoms depending on the allergen and how sensitive you are to it. Symptoms of allergies include:
In some cases, reactions to allergens can be life-threatening. If you have symptoms that cause you alarm, visit Sunshine Walk-In Clinic as soon as possible for allergy testing.
An allergy test can require different types of testing, including:
This requires your doctor to prick your skin in several locations and apply a small drop of a suspected allergen into each skin prick. If you’re allergic to any of the substances, you’ll experience redness and swelling. Reactions usually appear in about 20 minutes.
This is performed by collecting a sample of your blood. The sample is sent to a laboratory for examination, and it may take several days to get results.
This test applies patches containing certain allergens to your skin for 48 hours. Results are viewed in 48-72 hours.
This test requires a small amount of allergens injected under the surface of your skin, usually in your upper arm. Results are visible after about 20 minutes.
The simplest way to stop the symptoms of allergies is to avoid the allergen causing the problem. However, if the allergen can’t be avoided, then symptoms can be reduced with medications such as antihistamines.
Immunotherapy treats allergy sufferers, as well. With immunotherapy, you receive an injection of purified allergen extract over a few years to reduce your sensitivity to it.
In severe cases, your doctor may prescribe an EpiPen® to provide an emergency response if you have a serious reaction and need immediate relief. You should seek medical attention as a follow-up.
To get needed allergy testing, call Sunshine Walk-In Clinic or use the online booking tool today. You can also walk in anytime and ask for an appointment.