Allergy Testing

AP Health -  - Family Medicine

AP Health

Family Medicine located in Clifton, NJ

More than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies today. If allergic symptoms such as sneezing, itching, and watery eyes are making you miserable, allergy testing at AP Health in Clifton, New Jersey, is the fastest and easiest way to find out what’s causing your allergic symptoms. Then, your AP Health doctor can prescribe the appropriate treatment to help you feel better as fast as possible. Use online booking or call the office to make your appointment for allergy testing now.

Allergy Testing Q & A

What are the symptoms of allergies? 

The symptoms of allergies can vary quite a bit depending on the allergy triggers. The most common symptoms include: 

  • Sneezing
  • Runny nose
  • Wheezing
  • Itchy eyes
  • Watery eyes
  • Hives (itchy, raised skin welts)
  • Abdominal pain
  • Facial swelling 

Certain food and insect sting allergies can cause a life-threatening reaction called anaphylaxis. In anaphylaxis, you could experience lightheadedness, fainting, and severe breathing problems. It can also lead to shock. 

How does allergy testing work?

Allergy testing at AP Health is tailored for you, and your suspected allergies. Skin testing, by far the most common kind of allergy test, can help your doctor diagnose airborne allergies, skin allergies, food allergies, medication allergies, and insect allergies.

In this test, your AP Health care provider creates small pricks in your skin and then places a tiny amount of the suspected allergen there. If you have multiple suspected allergens, or if you have no idea what you’re allergic to, your doctor can make a series of individual pricks to check for multiple allergies at the same time. 

The skin allergy test usually takes only about 15 minutes. If you’re allergic to one of the substances, your skin swells up in a welt in that area. 

Skin allergy tests are safe for all ages, but in certain rare circumstances, a skin allergy test might not be the right choice. If you have a severe skin condition such as eczema, and it covers all the normal skin-testing sites (arms and back), you might need a blood allergy test instead. Also, if you’ve ever experienced a life-threatening allergic reaction, the doctor might recommend a blood allergy test rather than a skin test. 

What happens after allergy testing?

After allergy testing, your AP Health doctor will tell you the test results that day, in most cases. Treatment varies based on the specific allergies. For many common allergies, particularly airborne allergies, your doctor may prescribe medication. Some allergy medications are taken as needed, and others are taken every day. 

For other allergies, particularly if you’re allergic to multiple substances, your AP Health doctor may recommend allergy shots. If you have a serious allergy that requires immediate intervention after exposure, your doctor might prescribe epinephrine that you can carry with you at all times. But, epinephrine doesn’t replace medical care. After any epinephrine use, seek emergency care as soon as possible. 

Click the online scheduler or call AP Health to get allergy testing help now.