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Allergy Testing

If you struggle with constant sneezing, nasal congestion, or watery eyes, you could have allergies. At Allergy, Asthma, Bronchitis, and Immunology Associates in Irvine and Fountain Valley, California, board-certified allergist Bruce Friedman, MD, and his staff offer allergy testing to determine which allergens your body negatively reacts to. Call the office to learn more or schedule an appointment online today. 

Allergy Testing Q & A

What is allergy testing?

Allergy tests let Dr. Friedman know what you’re allergic to. Common allergens that cause reactions include:

  • Certain foods
  • Medications
  • Latex
  • Pollen
  • Pet dander
  • Mold spores
  • Dust mites
  • Insect stings

Having allergies causes your immune system to negatively react to substances that don’t bother many other people.

What are the symptoms of allergies?

If you have allergies, you may notice some of the following symptoms:

  • Watery or itchy eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Hives
  • Nasal congestion
  • Runny nose
  • Rash 
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Wheezing
  • Itchy nose
  • Facial swelling

Allergic reactions are mild, moderate, severe, or even life-threatening for some people. Allergy testing allows Dr. Friedman to properly treat your allergies.

What are the types of allergy testing?

Some of the many types of allergy testing available at Allergy, Asthma, Bronchitis, and Immunology Associates include:

Blood tests

During a blood test, your provider takes a sample of blood from a vein in your arm. Lab technicians look for specific allergy-causing antibodies in your blood. 

Skin prick tests

During a skin prick test, Dr. Friedman cleans your skin and pricks it with various potential allergens. After some time, he looks at your skin to see if you develop an allergic reaction that causes a raised skin bump (a hive).

Skin injections tests

Dr. Friedman uses a very tiny needle to inject a small number of potential allergens just beneath your skin during a skin injection allergy test. Afterward, they look for signs of an allergic reaction. 

How are allergies treated?

If you have one or more allergies, the specialists at Allergy, Asthma, Bronchitis, and Immunology Associates may recommend treatment to reduce the risk of unpleasant or dangerous symptoms. Dr. Friedman could recommend oral medicines, nasal sprays, eye drops, allergy shots, or carrying emergency epinephrine in the case of a severe allergic reaction.

To schedule allergy testing for you or a family member, call the Allergy, Asthma, Bronchitis, and Immunology Associates office or book an appointment online today.