According to a survey published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, over half of Americans report that they suffer from some sort of allergic reaction. If you are one of them, you will be happy to hear that the allergy doctors here at Spartanburg Greer ENT & Allergy can both help you determine why you’ve been experiencing certain allergic reactions as well as prescribe treatments to help you feel, look, and live better. Read on to learn more!
Why Should You Test for Allergies?
Allergies can sometimes be a minor annoyance—a sneeze here or a runny nose there as a response to pollen in the air. However, some patients have allergic reactions that can cause them to break out in hives and rashes, create facial swelling, and, in the case of food allergies, lead to debilitating digestive issues. Some patients have allergies as very young children, while others don’t experience notable symptoms until they are already adults. When it’s no longer possible to ignore the symptoms and their effect on your appearance or lifestyle, opt for an allergy test.
Types of Allergy Tests
During a prick test (also called a scratch test), the doctor exposes a small area of your skin (usually the forearm) to common allergens to see if you exhibit a reaction. Sometimes reactions show up within a minute, while in other cases it may take a few days to see a change. The test normally takes about 20 minutes.
Another option is a blood test, which may provide a more comprehensive result. Both of these tests can be administered at Spartanburg Greer ENT & Allergy in Greer and Spartanburg, SC.
Once you’re familiar with the cause of your allergies, you can take logical steps to stop flare-ups and undesirable reactions. These are some of the ways your Greer and Spartanburg, SC doctor will treat your allergy, once the cause is identified:
- Antihistamines (prescription-grade). These include pills, nasal sprays, and eye drops.
- Decongestants for sinus-related allergy symptoms.
- Immunotherapy to help restore balance to the immune system.
- Advice for the avoidance of allergens.
Make Time for an Allergy Test
It’s worthwhile to see your allergy doctor for a prick or blood test to identify triggering substances, especially if you’ve noticed an increase in allergic reactions and inflammation. Contact 864-699-6970 or 864-582-2900 today to schedule a visit with a physician at Spartanburg Greer ENT & Allergy in Greer or Spartanburg, SC.