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Allergy Testing and Treatment

About one in six Americans have allergies. Consider allergy testing and treatment if you suffer from watery eyes, a runny nose, or a persistent cough. At PrudentMD, internal medicine physician Maitri Patel, MD, uses the latest research and testing to identify and treat allergy and asthma triggers. An individualized treatment plan combined with medication and trigger avoidance can improve your quality of life. Call the office today or go online to make an appointment at PrudentMD in Iselin, New Jersey.

Allergy Testing and Treatment Q & A

What is allergy testing and treatment?

Allergy testing and treatment identify and relieve the symptoms of an allergic reaction. An allergic reaction happens when your immune system identifies a substance, like pet hair or pollen, as a potentially deadly pathogen. This triggers the creation of antibodies, causing uncomfortable side effects.

Everyone experiences allergies differently. They’re a minor annoyance for some people, but they can trigger a life-threatening reaction called anaphylaxis in others.

Who can benefit from allergy testing and treatment?

You might benefit from allergy testing and treatment if you experience symptoms like:

  • Sneezing
  • Itchy or watery eyes
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Tingling in the mouth
  • Hives
  • Itchy skin
  • Rash
  • Wheezing
  • Facial swelling
  • Frequent migraines or headaches

If you have a severe allergic reaction, you might experience a drop in blood pressure or a loss of consciousness.

What are some of the most common allergies?

The providers at PrudentMD treat different allergies, including:

  • Pollen
  • Pet dander
  • Dust
  • Mold
  • Food allergies
  • Medications
  • Insect stings
  • Allergic skin reactions

You might also benefit from allergy testing and treatment if you have a chronic respiratory condition like asthma.

What happens during allergy testing?

PrudentMD offers several kinds of allergy testing, including:

Skin test

Your provider exposes you to several different allergens during a skin test by pricking your skin. If you’re allergic to a particular allergen, your skin swells up and turns red.

Blood test

A blood allergy test analyzes your blood for the presence of immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies. Your immune system produces IgE antibodies due to an allergic reaction. High levels of IgE antibodies mean you have an allergy.

How are allergies treated?

Treating allergies usually includes a combination of healthy lifestyle changes and prescription medication. Depending on the allergies you have, your provider might recommend:

  • Allergen avoidance
  • Dietary changes
  • Medications
  • Immunotherapy
  • Emergency epinephrine

Treatment’s goal is to reduce flare-ups, improve your quality of life, and get you back to the activities you love

If allergies keep you from everyday activities, don’t delay seeking allergy testing and treatment. Make an appointment at PrudentMD by calling the office or booking online today.