The most important step in addressing your allergies is knowing which specific allergens cause your symptoms and how strong of a reaction you have. We begin with
A true allergy is caused by a chemical in the body called histamine, which is released during an allergic reaction. Histamine causes symptoms such as itching, redness, swelling, and wheezing, and does not cause other symptoms such as headache or burning. Also, people allergic to anything in their environment or diet will react to it every time they are exposed, not just some of the time. Therefore, the first part of an allergy evaluation is to take a detailed history of your symptoms. We will determine whether they represent true allergy or some other problem or a different type of intolerance reaction. While it is true that allergies can be so severe that antihistamines don’t help much, it is important to keep in mind that a major reason why antihistamines might not work well for you is that allergy is not the problem.
Like every other type of healthcare testing, allergy tests can be costly, and we pride ourselves on making good use of every dollar you spend on your healthcare. Using over 30 years of experience, we’ll carefully consider your history of symptoms and may recommend against allergy testing if it is not likely to be helpful. On the other hand, if allergy is less likely but still possible, we may recommend other treatments first, and test at a later date if needed. In any case, we use