According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, over 50 million Americans are affected by allergies every year. Allergies can be inconvenient and often interfere with your quality of life, but they may also be dangerous and life-threatening. Whatever the case, consulting with a Corpus Christi allergy specialist is the first step towards relief. Our allergy tests can help determine what specific allergens are giving you problems, and from there we can help you craft a treatment plan.
There are two main types of allergy tests: skin tests and blood tests. Skin tests are the most common type of allergy tests and are less expensive and faster than blood tests. There are three methods of skin testing. The skin prick test is most common and involves scraping the skin with a needle to allow an allergen to penetrate. An intradermal skin test involves a small injection underneath the skin. Finally, a skin patch test requires a pad to be adhered to your skin for one to three days. In cases where a skin test is not possible, a blood test may be done. A small amount of blood will be drawn and tested in the lab. This method takes longer and is not as sensitive as a skin test, but in some cases, it is the only way to test.
If you are suffering from allergies, don’t wait another day in misery. You deserve an improved quality of life, and we can help! Give us a call today to schedule your allergy evaluation and begin down the path towards relief. We look forward to seeing you soon!