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Allergy Testing And Immunotherapy

RescueMD

Internists & Obesity Medicine located in Allen, TX

Do you have allergies that are causing miserable symptoms? At RescueMD in Allen and McKinney, Texas, the team offers expert, extensive allergy testing and immunotherapy to identify the source of your issue and give you relief. To schedule a consultation, call the practice or book an appointment online today.

Allergy testing and immunotherapy Q&A

What are allergies?

Allergy testing and immunotherapy

If you have "allergies," it means your body's immune system is responding to a foreign substance that's not usually harmful. This response can cause a variety of symptoms, including itchiness, rashes, congestion, wheezing, sneezing, watery eyes, inflammation, and more. If you suspect you might have allergies, make an appointment at RescueMD for testing to relieve any bothersome symptoms.

What symptoms might call for allergy testing?

Allergens can cause uncomfortable symptoms that can be eliminated or reduced with the right remedy. You should get allergy testing if you experience any of the following:

  • Sneezing
  • Itchy, swollen, watery, or red eyes
  • Itchy or runny nose
  • Hives
  • Swelling in your face
  • Tingling sensation in your mouth
  • Anaphylaxis

If you have a severe reaction to an allergen, you should seek medical attention immediately.

What is allergy testing?

Allergy testing allows your provider at RescueMD to discover your body's responses to certain allergens. Testing may include:

  • Skin prick
  • Patch
  • Intradermal
  • Blood test
  • Diet elimination

After allergy testing, your skin might be slightly red and itchy. The team at RescueMD watches your reaction to the allergens closely. Your provider then identifies your allergens, which allows them to customize a treatment plan for you.

What are my treatment options after allergy testing?

Some allergens can be life-threatening. That's why the team at RescueMD first talks to you about your symptoms to fully understand what you're experiencing. They examine you to assess any severe allergies. In some cases, they might recommend carrying an epinephrine auto-injector (EpiPen®) for a severe reaction that could cause severe danger to your health.

For milder symptoms, your provider might manage your allergies with treatments, such as prescribed medications, dietary changes, or avoiding your triggers once identified. Your provider might also recommend immunotherapy.

What is immunotherapy?

Immunotherapy is a preventive treatment for allergies to things like grass pollen, dust mites, and bee venom. It works by exposing the person to small amounts of the substance they're allergic to, gradually increasing the dose over time. This causes the immune system to become less sensitive to the allergen, reducing symptoms.

If you're experiencing allergy symptoms, talk to your provider at RescueMD about allergy testing. The team will create a personalized plan so you can live symptom-free.

To schedule an appointment for allergy testing, call the office or book your appointment online today.