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More than 50 million children and adults suffer from allergies. Fortunately, for patients living in the communities of Dallas, Irving, Euless, Bedford, Coppell, or Fort Worth, Texas, Cure Allergy Clinic can help you identify the source of your allergies. Once you know the cause of your allergies, you can avoid the allergen and build up your immunity with allergy shots or drops. To schedule an allergy testing appointment, call the office in Arlington, Texas, or request your consultation with Dr. M. Waseem Imam , D.O., or another member of the team, online today.
Allergies begin when your immune system reacts to a safe substance and labels it as a danger to your body. Every time you breathe in that substance in the future, your immune system releases chemicals that cause an allergic reaction. Food and environmental substances are among the myriad causes of allergies.
Allergy testing pinpoints the source or sources of your allergic response. Allergy testing is necessary to not only help arm you with knowledge about the substances that trigger your allergy symptoms but also to provide you with customized treatment for your allergies.
Cure Allergy Clinic offers a wide array of testing services, including for:
Unlike most practices, Cure Allergy Clinic checks for food sensitivities, which may be tied to irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), bloating, and food allergies.
Cure Allergy Clinic offers allergy testing with either a blood test or a skin test. During a skin test, your provider pricks your skin and dabs on the suspected allergen. They perform this test on the back of your arm or forearm. It causes little to no pain.
In another kind of skin test, your provider injects a small amount of the suspected allergen into the skin of your arm. Both the skin-prick and skin-injection test look for signs of several different allergens at one time.
In some cases, Cure Allergy Clinic recommends a blood test for allergies. You might need a blood test if you have a skin condition, such as eczema or psoriasis, or if your provider is testing for a powerful allergen that might cause a significant reaction.
Patch testing is a diagnostic procedure in which Cure Allergy Clinic providers test for allergies without using needles. Instead, they place various skin patches containing possible allergens on your skin.
During the test, skin gets exposed to 20-30 different extracts that contain tiny amounts of certain medications, fragrances, latex, hair dyes, preservatives, and other substances that can cause allergic reactions in some people.
Food patch testing also uses skin patches rather than needles. Your allergist places a special food patch panel (containing food extracts) on the skin on your back.
The patches remain in place for two days before your Cure Allergy Clinic provider removes them. Three days after the initial food patch placement, your provider evaluates your skin and lets you know if you show signs of food allergies.
Once your provider knows your allergens, they create a treatment plan to help you avoid the allergens and recommend long-term therapy, such as immunotherapy. Immunotherapy gradually desensitizes your immune system to an allergen or allergens to significantly diminish or eliminate your allergy symptoms.
Isn't it time to find out what you're allergic to with allergy testing? Call the office or request an appointment online today.