We perform a quick and simple test that covers 80 environmental and food allergens to determine exactly what it is you are allergic to. We then discuss what treatment option is best for you.
- 30 minute scratch test – Skin tests use extracts — a concentrated liquid form — of common allergens like pollen, mold, dust mites, animal dander, and foods. Once the allergen gets in your skin, it could trigger a rash. Your skin will get irritated and may itch, like a mosquito bite.
- Blood testing – Blood tests for allergies called ELISA studies are the second line method for testing for allergies. It is typically reserved for people who for some medical reason cannot have the scratch test.
- Allergy Injections – Allergy shots essentially help your body to cope better with allergens in the environment. Allergy shots, also called “immunotherapy,” may work for you if allergy drugs don’t work well or you have symptoms more than three months a year.
- Allergy Drops – Allergy drops work the same way as the shots, but are delivered under the tongue. Both allergy shots and drops must be taken on a regular basis for many months to work effectively.
Tips to Manage Your Allergies
Shower after being outdoorsTo remove pollen you pick up outside, take a shower and change your clothes.
Minimize indoor pollen Keep your windows shut and use your AC or a HEPA purifier to filter allergens.
Check the Weather Learn when conditions such as the wind increase pollen levels, so you can prepare.
Know your allergy relief options From medications to nasal sprays, talk to your doctor about your options.
If you are ready to book an allergy test or treatment at our Uptown Dallas clinic, our Downtown Fort Worth clinic or our Keller location call 817-623-5400 and one of our booking specialists will get you set up.