Allergy Testing

How do I know if I have allergies?

You might already know that chronic itchy eyes, nose, and throat are tell-tale signs of an allergy. But they’re not the only indicators you might be suffering from an allergy. Other allergy symptoms include:

  • Cough
  • Rash or hives
  • Nausea, vomiting, or abdominal pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fever
  • Headaches or fatigue

What is no-needle allergy testing?

The no-needle allergy test is a skin prick test. A few potential allergens are scratched on the surface of your skin, as many as 80 different allergens. If the area flares up or becomes itchy, you may have identified the allergen that’s troubling you.

What allergies are tested?

Dermatology Specialists of Atlanta can test for the most common allergens, which includes:

  • Mold, dust, and mites
  • Pollen
  • Pet dander
  • Food allergens

Is this no-needle allergy test safe?

The no-needle allergy test is considered very safe. Your doctor only places a small amount of the allergen on your skin, and they closely monitor you for any severe reactions, which are rare, throughout the test.

How are allergies treated?

Once you know what causes your allergic reaction, the doctors at Dermatology Specialists of Atlanta develop an individualized treatment plan to reduce your symptoms and limit exposure.

The first thing the doctor will suggest is to eliminate exposure to the allergen. If it’s a food allergy, this means cutting the food from your diet. If it’s pet dander, it may mean keeping pets out of your living space.

To help you further manage your symptoms, your doctor might recommend medications such as antihistamines or decongestants. You might also feel relief using eye drops or nasal sprays. If your allergies are severe, your doctor might recommend allergy shots


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