Allergy testing doesn’t just verify you have allergies; it pinpoints your exact allergens so you can receive targeted allergy treatment. Michael Riesberg, MD, and the experienced team at Riesberg Institute in Pensacola, Florida, offer comprehensive allergy care, including a thorough evaluation, expert allergy testing, and treatment with shots and oral immunotherapy. If you suffer from ongoing allergy symptoms and you’re ready for long-lasting relief, call the office or use the online booking feature to schedule an appointment today.
The Riesberg Institute performs several types of allergy tests, including skin prick tests, intradermal tests, and patch tests.
Skin prick tests are the most common allergy test. During the test, your provider places a small drop of one or more allergens on your arm, then uses a tiny needle to gently scratch or prick the skin underneath the substance.
The scratch allows the potential allergen to get under your skin. If you’re allergic to that substance, it triggers an immune response and you develop a red bump.
After all the potential allergens are applied to your skin, you’ll wait in the office. In about 15 minutes, your Riesberg Institute provider checks to see if any red bumps appeared.
During an intradermal test, your provider injects a small dose of the potential allergen under your skin. Like with the skin prick test, you’ll have a quick skin reaction if you’re allergic to the substance.
This type of allergy test is done to verify the results of a negative skin prick test or when you can’t have a skin prick test.
Patch testing is done to identify contact allergens such as detergents and poison ivy. Your potential allergen is placed on a patch, and then your Riesberg Institute provider puts the patch on your back.
Contact allergens take time to trigger an allergic response, so you’ll wear the patch for 48 hours, then go back to the office so your provider can check for skin reactions. If you don’t have any reactions yet, you may need to keep wearing the patch for a few extra days.
Though blood testing can accurately identify allergens, it’s not routinely used because skin prick tests give such quick results. You may need a blood test if you can’t have a skin prick test due to a skin condition such as eczema or if you’re at risk of developing a severe reaction to the allergens in the skin prick test.
After testing identifies your allergens, you can receive shots or oral immunotherapy to treat your specific allergy. By frequently giving you a small dose of your allergen, these treatments gradually desensitize your immune system.
Over time the immune system stops overreacting to the allergen and your allergic response diminishes. Most patients achieve significant relief from their symptoms, and in some cases, their allergies disappear.
If you suffer from allergy symptoms such as sneezing, a runny nose, and itchy eyes, call Riesberg Institute or schedule an appointment online for an allergy evaluation.