An Allergy Test is the First Step
Did you know that 50 million Americans have allergies? In fact, allergies are the 5th most common chronic disease in the United States. Billions of dollars of work productivity are lost when millions of sick days are taken due to hay fever, dust allergy, allergic reactions to mold and mites, and food allergies!
According to one study conducted in 2000, almost $6 billion was spent on medications for allergies and $300 million was spent on visits to physicians, including allergy doctors. This figure does not include the costs of addressing headaches, sinus infections, asthma, rashes and other bothersome allergy-related conditions.
A person’s quality of life is usually greatly affected by their allergies. Outdoor activities are severely limited for a person with hay fever. A person with a dust allergy may experience constant drainage. People with food allergies or allergic reactions to insects are constantly on the lookout and may need to carry an epinephrine injector at all times.
In Central Florida, as in the rest of the country, allergies are a top health concern.
Should I Get an Allergy Test?
Allergy testing confirms the presence of antibodies to allergens in your system. Going to an allergy doctor will help you decide whether you need to get an allergy test. A good allergy specialist will always match up your history to a suspected allergy. In this way, the most effective allergy treatment can be recommended to you.
Skin Prick Allergy Test
Allergy testing is nearly painless. During a Skin Prick Allergy Test, a tiny amount of an allergen is placed under the skin with a small plastic device. Many allergens are tested at the same time. Your allergy doctor then watches to see if the pricked area becomes red, raised or itchy. The whole process takes about an hour. An allergy clinic will test for weeds, trees, grasses, molds, pet dander, dust mites, cockroaches, insect bites, and animals. Allergy specialists will also conduct food testing for foods that are common allergens.
Once the allergy test is complete, your allergy treatment can include immune therapy (which may be allergy shots and/or SLIT allergy drops), environmental control measures, and other allergen avoidance advice.
Anderson Allergy & Asthma has two allergy test locations in Central Florida. We proudly offer allergy testing and allergy treatment including immune therapy through allergy shots and SLIT allergy drops for patients living in Orlando, Winter Park, Winter Springs, Winter Garden, Ocoee and Kissimmee, Florida.