Undergoing Allergy Testing
posted: Dec. 16, 2020.
How allergy testing from your ENT specialists in Hollywood, Florida can help you feel better
If you suffer from allergies, certain times of the year may make you miserable. You may also have allergies that affect you all year long. The key is finding out what you are allergic to, so you can have the proper treatment to get relief. It all starts with allergy testing.
The ear, nose, and throat specialists at South Florida ENT Associates in Hollywood, Florida offer comprehensive ENT services, including allergy testing. They have several convenient office locations in Hollywood, Weston, Pembroke Pines, Ft. Lauderdale, and Boca Raton, Florida to help you feel better.
Allergy testing is commonly done using a skin test, where a small amount of allergic substance, called an allergen, is placed just underneath the skin. The areas are monitored and if the area begins to swell, turns into a red bump, or begins to itch, you are allergic to that substance.
Another type of allergy testing is done using a blood sample. This type of allergy testing is used for people who have a severe allergic reaction to a substance.
Challenge tests may also be indicated for food or medication allergies. You will ingest a small amount of a substance and be monitored for a reaction.
Some of the most common allergens which are tested for include animal dander, grasses, pollens, flowers, trees, dust mites, and mold.
You may be able to get relief from some allergy symptoms with over-the-counter treatments, including:
- Antihistamine and decongestant medication
- Nasal irrigation with saline solution
- You should also place a HEPA filter in your house, especially your bedroom
- Remember to vacuum frequently, or consider replacing your carpet with hardwood floors
- Use hypoallergenic bedding and pillowcases
- Keep your pets off of your furniture and out of your bedroom
- Keep windows and doors closed in the spring and summer to limit exposure to pollen
Your ENT specialist can provide several effective treatments for allergies, including:
- Allergy injections
- Sublingual drop therapy
- Lifestyle modification
You don’t have to suffer from allergies when relief is just a phone call away. To find out more about allergy testing and treatment, call the ear, nose, and throat specialists of South Florida ENT Associates in Hollywood, Florida at (954) 966-7000. Call now and get relief from your allergies!