Allergies can affect anyone, regardless of age. Although they are well-known to develop in children, increased bouts of allergy reactions may begin to disrupt your life later in life as well. If you find yourself sneezy, swollen, or with a rash after eating certain foods or being around specific animal types, consult with one of the physicians at Texas Regional Asthma and Allergy Center to discuss how you can benefit from testing. In our Fort Worth and South Lake, TX, locations, our physicians can help you determine triggers and create a treatment plan to alleviate symptoms.
What is an Allergy?
The immune system has one job, and sometimes it falls behind on performance. Its purpose is to protect your body from harmful bacteria, viruses, and fungi. But sometimes it overreacts when it comes into contact with harmless substances, like insects, pet dander, some medications, and many others, causing one or more allergies to develop. The result is often an allergic reaction that produces symptoms, which can range from mild to severe. These dangerous attacks can affect the lungs and chest, nose, and throat, as well as the skin and digestive system.
Preparing for an Allergy Test
After addressing any questions, concerns, and discussing the medications you are currently taking during your initial visit, the doctor may advise you to stop taking them 3-7 days before your test. The testing process typically takes between 5-10 minutes, depending on which method is best for you. The overall appointment usually takes no more than one hour to complete.
Common Allergy Testing Methods
At our Fort Worth and South Lake locations, our physicians may recommend one of the following depending on the patient and their preferences:
- Skin Test - Also called a prick, puncture, or scratch test, this method provides accurate, immediate results and is quick to detect allergic reactions from pet dander, mold, dust mites, pollen, and foods.
- Blood Test - This specific test measures the individual's antibody levels. Our doctors may recommend this option as an alternative to a skin test.
Give Us a Call
If you or your child shows any indication of allergies, consult with one of the physicians at Texas Regional Asthma and Allergy Center to determine which testing method would work best. We offer two convenient locations for our patients. For more information about allergy testing, other conditions we treat, and services provided, visit our website.
Please call (817) 421-0770 for appointment scheduling at either one of our offices in Fort Worth or South Lake, TX.