The doctor will decide if allergy testing is indicated based on history, family history, and physical examination. Knowing what you are allergic to and your allergy seasons, helps to determine if allergy medications will help and how long your need to take allergy medications. If medications are not working or you are taking them year round, we should consider allergy testing so that we can give you more specific information about how to manage your allergies or consider immunotherapy (shots or drops).
The list of symptoms that allergies can cause is lengthy. The symptoms for allergies include but are not limited to: runny nose, stuffy nose, watery eyes, itchy eyes, hay fever, asthma, diarrhea, constipation, eczema, rashes, coughing, wheezing, fever, postnasal drip, sore throat, dark circles under the eyes, reddish or pink circles under the eyes, stomach problems, headache, migraine, hyperactivity, mood swings, irritability. Immediate reaction (IgE) allergies can cause anaphylaxis which can be life-threatening and fatal if not treated properly.
Ear problems, recurrent ear infections and chronic sinusitis can also be caused by allergies.
In our office we do allergy testing either through prick test, individual needle sticks or blood draw. The prick test (which is a sharp plastic device) that is performed on the forearms or thighs, that pricks the skin with antigens for allergy test. The individual needle sticks (IDT) on the upper arms, the antigens are placed under the skin with a needle creating a wheal. The RAST test (blood drawn in a lab). We will determine which test is best for you on your visit with Dr. Doucet.
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