Testing

Testing

There is a range of tests available to determine allergic reactions. We use the best methods available for fast, health allergy testing. These procedures include:

  • Allergy Skin Testing
  • Bee Testing
  • Challenge testing
  • Drug Testing
  • Food Testing
  • Helicobacter pylori testing
  • Immunotherapy
  • Flexible Rhinoscopy
  • Pulmonary Function Testing
  • Patch Testing
  • Xray/CT review on site

Symptoms

Both seasonal and perennial allergies have a host of different symptoms and are often confused with viral or bacterial infections. Congestion, runny nose, itchy, red eyes, sneezing, coughing, headaches, and postnasal drainage may be a symptom of an allergic reaction instead of a virus. Pollen and dust allergies can cause sinus infections or even trigger asthma attacks with shortness of breath and chest tightness. Rare cases may cause drops in blood pressure, shortness of breath, unconsciousness, or anaphylaxis. Some allergies can cause skin rashes such as eczema or atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis, hives or urticarial, and swelling or angioedema. It is important to have the proper seasonal allergies treatment.

Convenient Testing

Patients who suffer from seasonal or perennial allergies, asthma, sinusitis, or allergic skin disorders are evaluated with skin surface or prick tests, intradermal tests, or by blood RAST testing to find pollen, mold, dust, or food allergies. This testing can also be used for patients with possible drug and bee sting allergies. X-ray screening of sinuses or chests may be required for certain allergies, and screenings can be computerized CT or conventional.

As an Allergy Specialist in Glenn Dale, MD we also use flexible rhinoscopy, a 30-minute procedure that allows direct visualization of the nose, sinuses, throat, and vocal cords for evidence of infection, inflammation, and acid reflux.

The Care You Need

We offer special care and time to patients with complicated conditions. Once you’re diagnosed, our physicians provide the prescribed treatments using the most up-to-date medications, including nasal sprays, oral anti-histamine, decongestants, inhalers, and topical preparations. Many patients start allergy injections or immunotherapy, which is a vaccine that is the closest thing to a cure and enables our patients to overcome and control most of their seasonal or perennial allergies. It also allows them to reduce or discontinue most of their medications. Immunotherapy has been the only treatment to help many patients live normal lives.