At Allergy and Asthma Center of Orlando, we provide all of the latest and top of the line services including allergy skin testing, patch testing, asthma testing, challenges and allergy shots.
Skin testing is ideal for diagnosing allergies to airborne allergens that can
lead to allergic rhinitis and asthma, and can be helpful in diagnosing food allergy, insect allergy as well as drug allergy.
SO, HOW IS IT DONE?
The surface of your skin is pricked or “scratched” with tiny amounts of a number of specific allergens, based on your history and need. If the results are positive, a small reaction on the skin occurs within 15-20 minutes. This reaction usually causes some itchiness and is very similar to a mosquito bite. This may indicate that you are allergic to that specific trigger. If no bump appears, we normally do a follow up test to that specific allergen with another small injection of extract or may decide to send for a confirmatory blood test. Depending on the results of your skin test, we will discuss your best options for treatment.
Have a rash? The patch test chambers are designed as an allergen delivery system and provides a means to place allergens or allergen mixes in contact with the surface of the skin. These products are intended for use in diagnosing contact dermatitis.
The symptoms of asthma vary from person to person and in any individual from time to time. Therefore, Allergists employ pulmonary function testing in an attempt to help identify those individuals with asthma. Pulmonary function tests are a broad range of tests that measure how well the lungs take in and exhale air and how efficiently they transfer oxygen into the blood.
Based on your history of allergy and results of allergy testing, we will discuss in office challenges to foods and medications. Here at Allergy and Asthma Center of Orlando, we believe in reintroduction to allergens as soon as possible if deemed safe.
Allergen Immunotherapy or “allergy shots” is a treatment program designed to reduce allergic sensitivity to environmental substances (allergens like dust mite, mold, animal dander and pollens). Extracts of these substances are injected over a period of time in escalating doses and concentrations. These extract mixtures are basically vaccines that teach your immune system to ignore these normally harmless substances. They do not contain any drugs and they are safe for children and adults.