Environmental Allergy Specialist - Venice, FL

Allergies are the 6th leading cause of chronic illness in the U.S. and effect 24 million people in the U.S., including more than 6 million children. Understanding what you or your child are allergic to can help alleviate chronic or seasonal discomfort. Today allergy tests are more convenient and accurate than ever before. Allergy testing combined with medical history can pinpoint specific triggers to lessen or erase reactions to various allergies. 

If you’re ready to address your allergy, schedule an appointment with us today.

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FAQs on Environmental Allergies and Testing:

Who can be tested for allergies?

Adults and children of any age can be tested for various allergens. 

How is allergy testing done?

Allergy testing can be done as skin tests or as blood tests. Tests are conducted by a credentialed allergy specialist who is trained in the best methods for testing and treating allergies.

How do allergy skin test work?

There are two types of skin tests.

External Skin Test

  • A drop of a suspected allergen is pricked or scratched on the surface of the skin.
  • The test is performed on the back or forearm.
  • Many suspected allergens are tested at the same time.
  • If you are allergic to one of the tests, you may experience redness and swelling at the test spot.

Internal Skin Test

  • Sometimes the doctor will recommend a second type of test.
  • In this type, a small amount of the suspected allergen is injected into the skin of the arm or forearm.
  • Several suspected allergens are tested at the same time.

How long does it take to get skin test results?

Skin testing is fast. For both types of skin tests, positive reactions typically appear in under 30 minutes with swelling and redness appearing several hours after testing. 

If you have questions about allergy, request an appointment or call our offices.