Allergies and related conditions affect more than 50 million Americans, including children. If you regularly experience sneezing, itching, rashes, or similar allergy-related issues, contact board-certified specialists Michael Wilhelm, MD, and Luke Arnholt, MD, at Pikes Peak ENT, which boasts two locations in Colorado Springs and an office in Woodland Park, Colorado. With on-site allergy testing available, you can quickly get to the root of your allergy woes and get started on a customized treatment plan. Book your allergy testing appointment through the website or call the clinic nearest you directly to schedule.
There are hundreds of documented everyday substances that trigger allergies for some people. These harmless substances, like pet dander, cause your immune system to overreact. When the release of histamine occurs during this overreaction, you start experiencing:
If you notice that you’re regularly struggling with these symptoms, especially if they occur because of something you ate or something in your everyday environment, it’s important to undergo allergy testing. Undiagnosed allergies can increase your risk of anaphylaxis, which can be life-threatening.
Pikes Peak ENT proudly offers in-office blood and skin-prick allergy tests. The type of test you need depends on which symptoms you’re experiencing (sometimes both are necessary).
A blood allergy test is just a simple blood draw. The lab checks for antibodies in your blood to pinpoint any allergies you may have. Your doctor can check for a few types of allergies during a single blood test.
A skin allergy test involves applying several allergens directly to your skin, usually on your forearm or back. Your doctor gently scratches or punctures your skin to allow the allergens to penetrate.
During a skin-prick test, your skin immediately responds to any problematic allergens. Your doctor can see a visible red bump, which indicates you’re likely allergic to that particular substance. Pikes Peak ENT can test for dozens of different allergens during a single skin allergy test.
Once your physician at Pikes Peak ENT diagnoses your allergies, they talk with you about lifestyle changes you need to avoid the allergens. Your doctor is likely going to get you started on an immunotherapy treatment plan to prevent serious allergic reactions and agonizing symptoms.
With allergy shots, you receive an injection every week or two. These injections contain mild concentrations of the allergens. The purpose is to get your immune system used to them. Over time, your injections get stronger until your allergy symptoms lessen or resolve.
You may be a candidate for sublingual immunotherapy if you have ragweed, dust mite, or grass pollen allergies. With this type of treatment, instead of getting injections, you place tablets under your tongue each day, as recommended, until your allergy symptoms decrease.
If you’d like to find out more about modern allergy testing options, contact Pikes Peak ENT today. You can schedule your exam online or over the phone with any clinic location.