Allergy Tests for the Spring Season

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It’s officially spring and allergy season begins. While driving home last night, I noticed stores setting up displays for their outdoor plants and flowers. I am excited for the warm weather but not the pollen and allergens that come with it. If you suffer through the springtime with allergies, you may want to consider having allergy tests done at LaGrange Medical Center and Urgent.

There is no need to go to a specialist. Here is how it works: Make an appointment to see one of our healthcare providers, Dr. Brenda Bryd or Dr. Khan. At your first visit, Dr. Byrd or Dr. Khan will review your health history and ask you what type of symptoms you are having. Depending on your health assessment, they may schedule a physical with additional tests for you such as blood work or a urinalysis in addition to the allergy tests. (Most insurance plans pay for a yearly wellness physical – check with your insurance company for coverage details.)

 

How to Prepare for Allergy Tests

Before you have allergy tests, some of the protocols you need to follow include:

– Do not take any antihistamines 48 hrs before your allergy tests such as Zyrtec or Allegra.
– You should not be taking any Beta Blockers. These can negate the results.
– You should not have a skin rash in the testing area – usually the arm or back.

We do NOT test patients who are pregnant, have severe asthma or illness, or have a history of anaphylaxis. Patients should not have any severe skin irritations or sunburn.

 

Allergy Test Panel

There are 72 allergens you can be tested for on an 8-panel test. Allergy tests include checking for food, mold, and tree allergies to dust mites, epidermal and animal allergies. Below is an example of what one allergy test panel looks like.

Allergy Test Panel

Allergy Test ListAfter being tested on 8 different areas of your arms or back, you will see results after 15 minutes! With allergy tests, you could have a local reaction – such as redness or itching. You could also have a systemic reaction such as a warm sensation or hives. Our staff is prepared for every reaction. Finally, your provider will go over all of your results and discuss, in detail, what therapy would be best for you.

For some suggestions on reducing allergen triggers, please read our blog about spring allergies and sinus infections.

Enjoy the upcoming spring and summer without all that Kleenex in your pocket. Come to LaGrange Medical Center and get tested for your allergies today so you don’t have to suffer during the spring and summer months. LaGrange Medical Center and Urgent Care is located at 6170 Joliet Road in Countryside, Illinois. We are minutes away from Interstates 55 and 294, just off Joliet Road and LaGrange (Route 45). We are open 6 days a week – Monday through Saturday. You can call us for an appointment at 708-352-0330.