An allergy is a magnified immune response triggered by a specific substance. The immune system is designed to defend your body from dangerous substances such as bacteria and viruses. Some people’s bodies identify certain allergens as harmful which sets off an immune response. The first step of an effective allergy treatment is identifying the substance that causes an allergic reaction. Our allergy testing is very convenient and accurate. When an allergy test is combined with the patient’s detailed medical history, it is possible to determine the specific substances which trigger allergic reactions. Patients need to be off of their Beta Blockers and any Antihistamines 72 hours prior to their allergy testing. Patients taking a beta blocker cannot receive allergy injection treatment.
THE SCRATCH TEST
A popular type of allergy testing is the scratch test. This is performed by the medical professional. The antigens which are applied to the skin feel like small pokes from the tines of the testing device. This does not hurt and will last for a few seconds and then will be repeated. One may experience a slight discomfort as well as some itchiness from positive results. It is necessary to refrain from scratching while the test develops. Our testing is a comprehensive test of 72 antigens for the West Coast region. We test for local grass, tree, mold, weed, epidermal, and indoor perennial allergies. Our testing is not focused on food allergies, yet we do test for egg, milk and soy to name a few. After approximately 15 minutes, the medical professional will read the test results. Hydrocortisone cream and/or an antihistamine are available to ease any discomfort or itchiness if needed. Our physicians will review the results and discuss treatment options with you. If the results are positive for allergens, our provider may prescribe sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) treatment (allergy drops that go under your tongue.) These drops are custom ordered for your allergies and take just a few days for the pharmacy to ship to us. You will start off with a 3 month starter kit and come back for a follow up visit then continue on maintenance drops.
If you would like to schedule a reservation for a scratch test please click here. Reminder: Patients need to be off of their Beta Blockers and any Antihistamines 72 hours prior to their allergy testing. Patients taking a beta blocker cannot receive allergy injection treatment.