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Allergy Testing

Allergies don’t go away, but with proper treatment you can alleviate the symptoms.

Get control of your allergies

Allergies come in a variety of forms, and they range in severity from mild to life threatening. Treatment can be complicated, and not all allergy symptoms can be alleviated by taking an over-the-counter remedy. You need to be diagnosed by a specialist in allergies so you can receive effective, long-term treatment.

Skin tests are still the best form of allergy testing. They provide the most accurate indication of a patient’s allergic reaction to common substances. Skin tests are used to identify allergies to:

Environmental substance

Common forms of environmental allergies incldue mold and mildew, pollen, pet and animal dander, and dust mites.  Symptoms range from nasal congestion, sinus infections, itchy or watery eyes, coughs and soar throats.

Food

Like environmental allergies, there are a number of food-related allergies as well.  These foods include shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, soy, eggs, cow’s milk, and wheat.  A few common symptoms are itching in the mouth, abdominal pain, tongue or face swelling, and sometimes dizziness.

Penicillin

If you’re allergic to penicillin, it means your immune system thinks the antiobotics are there to due harm rather than good.  Penicillin allergies are the most common of drug-related allergies, and symptoms incldue swollen lips, rashes, hives, and itchy eyes.  Anaphylactic reactions can occur as well, though are not as common.  Symptoms include difficulty breathing, nausea, and vomitting.

Latex

Allergies to latex occur when your body reacts to certain proteins found in rubber latex, and interprets them as a threat.  Common symptoms include rashes or hives, itchiness, skin discoloration, itchy or water eyes, sneezing and coughing.  More severe reactions incldue difficulty breathing, lowered blood pressure, irregular pulse, nausea and vomitting. 

Bee stings

Venom from bee stings contain proteins that can sometimes cause reactions to the skin and immune system.  Those who are alergic to these proteins can experience severe redness and swelling around the sting, which can gradually grow over the course of 24 to 48 hours.  More severe reactions can include a swollen throat or tongue, hives, feeling nauseous and vomitting, finding it difficult to breath, and sometimes losing consciousness.

Latex

Allergies to latex occur when your body reacts to certain proteins found in rubber latex, and interprets them as a threat.  Common symptoms include rashes or hives, itchiness, skin discoloration, itchy or water eyes, sneezing and coughing.  More severe reactions incldue difficulty breathing, lowered blood pressure, irregular pulse, nausea and vomitting. 

Bee stings

Venom from bee stings contain proteins that can sometimes cause reactions to the skin and immune system.  Those who are alergic to these proteins can experience severe redness and swelling around the sting, which can gradually grow over the course of 24 to 48 hours.  More severe reactions can include a swollen throat or tongue, hives, feeling nauseous and vomitting, finding it difficult to breath, and sometimes losing consciousness.

We will also diagnose for allergy related symptoms, such as nasal polyps and allergic asthma.

When skin testing is contraindicated, blood testing is a good alternative.

After your allergy testing, we’ll determine the best available treatments for your unique combination of allergies. Treatment regimens include:

  • Avoidance of allergens
  • Medication
  • Allergy shots

Allergies don’t go away. But with proper treatment, you can alleviate the symptoms. Schedule an appointment and get control of your allergies.

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4175 N Euclid Ave, Ste 10
Bay City, Michigan 48706

(866) 909-0313

Hours: 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM