Allergy Testing

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Allergy Testing

If you’re having ongoing issues like itchy eyes, a skin rash, or a chronic cough, allergy testing can help you get to the root of the problem. At Denver Allergy & Asthma Associates in Boulder, Lakewood, Westminster, Denver, Littleton, and Arvada, Colorado, the team understands what you’re going through. They provide comprehensive allergy testing that covers a wide range of allergens. To schedule an appointment for your allergy test, call the friendly office staff today or book online any time.

Allergy Testing Q & A

What is allergy testing?

Allergy testing is a diagnostic procedure for identifying specific allergens that trigger allergic reactions. It helps determine the substances or environmental factors that cause your allergic symptoms, allowing the Denver Allergy & Asthma Associates team to develop appropriate treatment plans and strategies for allergy management.

What types of allergy testing are available?

Several types of allergy testing are available, including skin and blood tests. 

Skin tests are the most common method and involve applying small amounts of allergens to your skin and observing your body's reaction. 

The two primary types of skin tests include:

Prick tests

Prick tests involve placing a small drop of allergen extract on your skin and gently pricking or scratching the surface to allow the allergen to enter the skin.

Intradermal tests

Intradermal tests involve injecting a small amount of allergen under your skin with a thin needle.

Another type of allergy testing is blood testing, which involves drawing a blood sample and measuring the levels of specific antibodies called immunoglobulin E (IgE). This method is typically used when skin tests aren’t feasible or if you have a skin condition that may interfere with the results.

How does allergy testing work?

Allergy testing exposes your immune system to potential allergens and observes the body's response. 

In the case of skin tests, if you’re allergic to a specific allergen, a small red bump or welt will appear at the site of the test within 15-20 minutes. This reaction indicates that your immune system has produced IgE antibodies in response to the allergen. 

Blood tests measure the levels of specific IgE antibodies in your bloodstream, providing information about the allergens you may be sensitized to.

When should I get allergy testing?

Allergy testing is recommended when you experience recurrent or severe allergic symptoms, such as: 

  • Sneezing
  • Itching
  • Nasal congestion
  • Hives
  • Asthma

Allergy testing is particularly useful when your specific triggers of allergies are unknown. It can help identify the specific allergens that trigger allergic reactions, allowing for targeted treatment and avoidance strategies.

In addition, allergy testing may be beneficial if you have a family history of allergies or have suspected allergies to common substances like pollen, dust mites, pet dander, certain foods, or insect venom. 

If you’re ready for an accurate assessment, book an appointment at Denver Allergy & Asthma Associates by phone or online today.