It’s tough to take charge of your allergies when you don’t know what you’re allergic to. The family medicine professionals at New Hope Care Medical Clinic, located in Gastonia, North Carolina, can perform allergy testing that quickly identifies what’s causing your symptoms. They also create effective allergy treatment plans that are tailored to your individual needs. Call New Hope Medical Clinic today for an appointment or book your visit online.
Allergy symptoms vary widely from individual to individual in type and severity. When exposed to an allergen, you may experience:
While it’s estimated that 50 million people in the United States have allergies, you’re a unique individual. Your neighbor may start sneezing as soon as she catches sight of a cat. Your sniffles, congestion, and other allergy symptoms may only occur in the fall and have nothing to do with cat dander.
Finding out which substances you’re allergic to is important for developing an effective treatment strategy. New Hope Medical Clinic uses modern allergy tests that are much more convenient and accurate than those used in the past.
When they combine new technology with a detailed review of your medical history and symptoms, your New Hope healthcare provider can accurately identify the specific things that trigger your allergic reactions. This helps them design an individualized treatment plan for your allergy symptoms rather than using a one-size-fits-all strategy that may or may not be effective.
Allergy testing can be done via skin tests or blood tests. Skin tests offer the quickest results, are very reliable, and are often recommended at New Hope Medical Clinic as your best initial option.
There are two types of skin tests available for allergies. During the most frequently recommended skin test, your provider pricks your skin’s surface with a special device that contains a small drop of a suspected allergen.
Your provider may perform this pinprick test on your back or forearm and typically tests for several allergies at once. A reaction at the test spot, typically redness and mild swelling, indicates an allergy.
For the second type of skin test, your provider injects a small amount of suspected allergen into your skin rather than letting it remain at the surface. Your upper arms or forearms are typical test sites, and your provider may choose to check you for several different allergies during one visit.