Allergy Testing Specialist

Signature Health and Wellness

Family Medicine located in Lavergne, TN

Before your allergies can be properly treated, you need allergy testing to learn which substances are responsible for your allergic reactions. Dr. Moses Swauncy and the medical team at Signature Health and Wellness offer comprehensive allergy testing and customized treatment for allergies. Don’t continue to suffer from nasal congestion, a runny nose, or itchy eyes, call the office in LaVergne, Tennessee, or book an appointment online to get help with your allergies.

Allergy Testing Q & A

What are the most common allergies?

Allergies develop when your immune system identifies a harmless substance as a danger to your body. Every time you’re exposed to that substance in the future, your body releases chemicals that cause your allergy symptoms.

Some of the most common allergens include:

  • Airborne allergens - pollen (trees, ragweed, and grasses), mold, and dust mites
  • Contact allergens - poison ivy, latex, soap, nickel
  • Insect stings - bees, wasps, and fire ants
  • Food - proteins in cow’s milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, soy, fish, and shellfish

You can also develop allergies to a variety of medications including penicillin.

What symptoms will I develop due to allergies?

Your symptoms depend on your allergens, so chances are you won’t have all of the following possible symptoms.

  • Runny nose
  • Watery eyes
  • Itchy nose and eyes
  • Nasal congestion
  • Sneezing
  • Skin rashes or hives
  • Red, swollen area (due to insect stings or allergic contact dermatitis)

Food allergies cause gastrointestinal problems such as stomach ache, cramps, nausea, and diarrhea.

How are my allergies tested?

After determining whether your symptoms are likely due to an allergy, your Signature Health and Wellness practitioner performs one of the following allergy tests to pinpoint your exact allergens.

Skin prick test

A small amount of your suspected allergen is placed on your skin, then the area is gently pricked to let it get under your skin. If you’re allergic, you’ll have a skin reaction within 15 minutes at the spot where the allergen was placed.

A similar test, an intradermal skin test, injects a specific allergen under your skin. An intradermal injection may be recommended to test for an allergy to insect venom or penicillin.

Patch testing

Patch testing determines whether you have allergic skin reactions to contact allergens. A variety of suspected allergens are placed on a patch, and then the patch holds the substances against your skin. You’ll wear the patch for several days because the allergic reactions may take several days to develop.

Blood testing

Blood tests can detect allergens when a skin test may not be safe or you have a skin condition that interferes with skin testing.

How are allergies treated?

Your treatment may include a plan for avoiding your specific allergens, medications that temporarily relieve symptoms or immunotherapy.

Immunotherapy, better known as allergy shots, injects a small amount of your allergen into your bloodstream. With regular injections that gradually increase the dose, your immune system builds up a tolerance to the allergen, which means you stop having reactions.

To schedule an appointment for allergy testing, call Signature Health and Wellness or book an appointment online.

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