An allergy is present when a patient’s immune system overreacts to a certain substance it comes in contact with – this may be environmental in nature (mold, pollen, etc), a certain chemical, medication, or food items. Allergies can be seasonal or perennial (occurring all year long) in nature, and a wide range of symptoms tend to accompany them, from relatively harmless sneezing and sniffling to life-threatening reactions like anaphylaxis. At Wiesman Nasal & Sinus, Dr. Gary Wiesman’s goal is to identify your personal allergens through testing and help patients from Chicago, IL and surrounding areas achieve the relief they deserve.
Your allergy test may be performed through the following methods:
- Skin Tests: Skin testing is the most dependable form of allergy testing, allowing Dr. Wiesman to identify the substances that are causing physical reactions. Our team will carefully apply a small extract to the skin, creating exposure through a small scratch/pierce and observing what occurs as a result. Pollens, pet hair, dander, dust mites, and other common allergens are typically included in this test. In most cases, skin testing is safe for adults and children alike. Before your scheduled skin test, Dr. Wiesman will ask you a series of questions to determine your personal medical history, any troubling symptoms you’ve experienced, and any allergy treatments you are currently taking or have taken in the past.
- Blood Tests: Blood tests are often recommended for patients who are unable to undergo a skin test because of a potential severe allergic reaction to contact or the use of interfering medications. They are typically less sensitive than skin tests and require a greater commitment of time and finances.
While most cases of allergies aren’t a serious danger to a patient’s life, their negative effects can chip away at a person’s productivity, personal relationships, and overall wellbeing. Once your allergen(s) has been properly identified, Dr. Wiesman’s recommendations for treatment may include minimizing exposure, medication, and immunotherapy.