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Allergy Identification

Allergic reactions can occur from environmental allergens, foods, chemicals including medications, and metals. These result in eczema, hay fever, asthma, hives, contact dermatitis, and reactions to implanted devices such as joint replacement, cardiac stents, dental implants.

Allergy Testing for All Types of Allergies

Kathleen J. Smith MD, FAAD is a board certified dermatologist in Tucker, GA with special training and board certification in immunodermatology and laboratory immunology to fully evaluate allergic disorders. Here are the type of tests Dr. Smith commonly conducts:

  • Skin Prick Testing
  • Blood Testing
  • Skin Patch Tests
  • Lymphocyte Transformation Testing

Skin Prick Testing

This test is minimally invasive and is used for evaluation of some of the allergens. The study is rapid and relatively reliable, but are available for a limited number of allergens and test for only immediate type of allergic reactions. This type of testing is often done to detect food allergies.

Blood Testing

Through blood testing, Dr. Smith can test for additional immediate type allergens and measure specific IgE levels (immunoglobulin E which is the antibody that triggers food allergy symptoms.) These studies can also be performed to confirm kin prick testing or in individuals that cannot be prick tested. Unlike the skin prick test, the blood test is not affected by antihistamines and can be performed for people with extensive rashes that prevent using skin tests. For more on blood testing+

Skin Patch Tests

The skin patch test can help to identify for delayed allergic reactions. The majority of delayed allergic reactions as opposed to immediate type allergic reactions are contact skin reactions that occur hours to days after initial and repeated exposure to a particular allergen.

Skin patch testing can be performed to identify the allergens and include a very diverse group of natural substance, metals, medications, dyes, perfumes, and other chemicals used in the production of agents that we come in contact with.

Lymphocyte Transformation Testing

A final test offered at Dermatology Specialists of Atlanta in Tucker, GA is lymphocyte transformation testing for allergens to metals as well as some glues used in dental, orthopedic devices and hear valves. This is also a blood test, and may be useful in individuals who develop skin or systemic allergic symptoms after receiving one of these implants. This testing may also be useful in individuals prior to receiving one of the implants since positive testing may predict a future allergic reaction, and avoid the necessity of removing the implant in the future.

Treatment Options:

Desensitization for immediate allergens.

Desensitization may decrease symptoms of allergic rhinitis, skin disease, and in some patients may decrease the severity or even decrease the incidence of asthma in predisposed individuals.

Avoidance Strategies

For other immediate allergens Dr. Kathleen Smith advises on avoidance strategies and recommend therapeutic options if exposure does occur. With identification of contact allergens, we provide the individual with information on products that can be used safely.

Topical Therapeutic Options

We can also provide topical therapeutic options for inadvertent exposure, an din some cases oral medications for exposures that cannot be avoided or for implanted devices that cannot be removed.

If you are planning on having any type of surgery that require joint replacement or other placement of an internal device, Dr. Katleen Smith strongly urges you to have contact allergy and lymplocyte transformation testing in order to help your surgeon select the right internal device for you.

Dr. Kathleen Smith at Dermatology Specialists of Atlanta has specialized in allergy detection for a great number of years. Many other physicians and dermatologists refer their patients to Dr. Smith because of her advanced  knowledge in allergy testing and treatment. Patients with allergy problems travel from all over the Atlanta area to be seen by Dr. Smith such as Mid-Town, Tucker, Stone Mountain,  Druid Hills, Scottdale, and the Virgina Highlands.

 

 

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