Allergy Testing Center | Allergy Specialist

Our Florida allergy specialists test for food, drug, latex, metal, mold, and animal allergies, and also offer the oral food challenge (OFC).

If you intermittently experience sudden sneezing, itchy eyes or wheezing, you could be suffering from allergies. An allergy test is an important exam carried out by a trained allergy specialist that determines if your body has allergic reactions to pollen, mold, latex, or any other known substances. Skin tests are the most common type of allergy test, although blood tests are occasionally necessary. Our office also provides patch testing, which is a needle-free exam that tests for allergies to various metals used in dental and orthopedic surgeries. Read our most frequently asked questions about allergy testing or contact us to find out how we can help you find allergy symptom relief.

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FAQs on Allergy Testing

What Is An Allergy?

An allergy is a hypersensitive reaction from the body’s immune system to one or more otherwise harmless substances. Substances that trigger allergic reactions are known as “allergens”.

What Allergies Do You Test For?

We are equipped to test for all types of allergies, including:

  • Dust
  • Pollen
  • Mold
  • Animal Dander
  • Feathers
  • Insect Stings
  • Food
  • Medications
  • Metals

How Is Allergy Testing Done?

Under the guidance of an allergy specialist, an allergy test is conducted one of four ways: a skin test, blood test, patch test, or an oral food challenge (OFC.)

Allergy Skin Test

The first step of allergy skin testing generally involves a slight prick with a tool that has about the same sharpness as a pen. If further testing is required, we may introduce allergens through intradermal needles. (We may also ask for further blood testing for some patients.) Our methods are generally painless and most people only experience a slight pinch. Skin tests give fast results and typically cost less than blood tests. Certain medications can interfere with test results, so it’s important to tell your doctor about any medication(s) you currently take.

Allergy Blood Test

An allergy blood test also involves a single needle prick, but it takes a little longer to get results. Unlike skin tests, medicine will not interfere with these results. Doctors may have a patient do a blood test instead of a skin test if the patient:

  • Takes medication that interferes with skin testing
  • Has a serious skin condition such as eczema or psoriasis
  • Is being tested with a strong allergen that can cause a large-scale reaction

Patch Test

In order to test for metal allergies or metal sensitivity, allergens are placed onto a patient’s skin, covered with a patch, and secured with hypoallergenic tape. No needles are involved. After the patches have been applied, they must be left in place for 48 hours. Our office provides two different types of patch tests: orthopedic and dental. 

  • Orthopedic Patch Test – Orthopedic patch tests are used to find out if a patient is hypersensitive to metals, adhesives, bone cement, and other substances used during joint replacement surgery or bone implants. This helps the patient avoid unnecessary complications with future surgery. Trace amounts of various metals are placed on the patient’s upper arm or back and covered with a patch. After 2 days, the patient returns to the office to have the patches removed, and the test results are interpreted. 
  • Dental Patch Test – Dental patch tests are also used to test a patient’s sensitivity levels to different metals and other substances contained in dental products. This test is designed to help patients who have had problems with their mouth or gums after dental procedures.

What Is An Oral Food Challenge (OFC)?

An oral food challenge (OFC) is a procedure where foods that are believed to trigger allergies are eaten slowly and in gradually increasing amounts in order to properly confirm or rule out a food allergy. Occasionally, an OFC is conducted on a patient with a known food allergy to see whether or not they have outgrown it. 

What Is The Reason For An Oral Food Challenge?

OFCs are conducted when allergy skin/blood tests have produced inconclusive results. An OFC is considered the gold standard for food allergy diagnosis. It is a highly accurate diagnostic test because it allows the doctor to see whether the patient reacts to a particular set of foods or not, and how severe their reaction is.

How Does An Oral Food Challenge Work?

The doctor or allergist will start by feeding you a test food in small, carefully measured doses. If no allergic reaction occurs after 15-30 minutes, the dose of food is slightly increased. Patients are unlikely to have allergic reactions upon the first ingestion since the first dose is very small. The majority of allergic reactions during an OFC are mild. If and when a reaction occurs, the doctor will stop the test, give the patient medication to relieve symptoms, and discuss ways they can avoid the food. If no reactions occur, the doctor will rule out that particular food allergy.

How Do I Prepare For An Oral Food Challenge?

There are several ways you should prepare for an OFC:

  • Make sure you’re not sick
  • Bring your usual medications
  • Stop taking antihistamines 3 to 5 days before the test 

What Allergies Are Tested For During An OFC?

  • Cow’s milk (cold and heated)
  • Soy milk
  • Baked eggs
  • Grains
  • Flour
  • Peanuts
  • Tree nuts
  • Fish
  • Shellfish

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