Allergies may be usual occurrences, but that does not mean they don’t pose serious threats. If you are suffering from sensitivities to pollen, molds, dust mites, or specific types of food, you don’t have to keep on carrying the burden. A life free from the hassles of frequent sneezing, runny nose, or other symptoms is possible. All you need to do is get the right treatment.
Adult & Pediatric Allergy Associates, P. C. believes that the right results are integral to finding the appropriate medical plan. This is why we are adamant about delivering solutions that will help make you feel better. Our practice offers comprehensive and competent allergy testing in Phoenix and the surrounding areas incorporate skin testing, food testing and Igg blood tests. With over 20 years in the industry, our team has extensive experience in successfully diagnosing allergy cases, and subsequently recommending effective allergy management plans to patients.
Our suite of testing services is designed to pinpoint the specific problem to effectively diagnose and determine the right treatment. In order to find out what triggers an allergic reaction, we expose the patient to different allergens or substances. We perform two types of allergy tests: skin testing and blood testing.
Allergy Skin Tests
Skin tests are usually preferred because they are reliable and fast, and are generally less expensive. There are three types of skin tests:
- Skin Prick Test – To test if the patient will react positively to a possible allergen, a drop of solution containing the allergen is placed on the skin. A series of needle pricks or scratches are then made so that the solution can enter the skin. A red, raised itchy area or wheal indicates a positive reaction to the allergen.
- Intradermal Test – If an allergen does not cause a positive reaction during the skin prick test but is still suspected to be an allergen, a solution containing the allergen is injected into the skin.
- Skin Patch Test – To detect an allergy called contact dermatitis, a pad with the allergen solution is taped to the skin for 24 to 72 hours.
Patients who are unable to undergo skin tests opt for allergy blood tests. More common blood tests like the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay measures the blood level of a type of antibody that responds to certain allergens. If tests show that the IgE antibodies are higher than normal, this indicates that the patient has allergies or asthma.
Board-Certified Team of Physicians
Adult & Pediatric Allergy Associates, P. C. is headed by two well-respected professionals in the field of immunology. Drs. Fadia Habib-Khazen and Housam Alasaly both feature impressive educational and professional track records, as well as awards and citations. You are secured in the knowledge that you are entrusting your health to people who have extensive experience helping patients deal with cases of allergies in Phoenix and the nearby areas.