Allergies are a pain. Whether you are young or old, an outdoors type or more of a homebody, allergies make us feel lousy and keep us from doing what makes us happy. Often, people experience symptoms of allergies without even knowing what they are allergic to, and so are unaware of what they need to avoid to prevent the allergy symptoms. At Allergy and Asthma Center in Atlanta, GA, our allergists are dedicated to discovering and treating your allergies so that you can feel great and live freely.
Should I get tested for allergies?
If you experience nagging and recurring symptoms for longer than two weeks at a time despite taking medication and other precautions, you should certainly come in to get tested for allergies. An allergy test can identify exactly what triggers your allergic reactions, so that your allergist can prescribe the proper treatment for you. Common triggers for allergic reactions are animal dander, cockroach droppings, food, drugs, dust mites, insect bites, latex, and molds. The following are common symptoms that indicate an allergic reaction:
- Abdominal pain or diarrhea after eating certain foods
- Hives or rashes
- Itchy eyes, nose, or throat
- Stuffy or runny nose
- Severe reactions to certain foods or insect bites
- Watery eyes
What different kinds of allergy tests are there?
There are four general kinds of allergy tests. They are:
1. Blood tests: Blood is drawn from a needle and then analyzed in a lab to determine which, if any, allergies you have.
2. Challenge tests: This is for suspected food or drug allergies, where an allergist will have you ingest or inhale a small and controlled amount of the substance to determine if you are allergic to it. It requires the supervision of an allergist.
3. Intradermal tests: Using a syringe, the allergist will inject a small amount of a certain allergen under your skin to see if there is an allergic reaction. They are generally used when a skin prick test is inconclusive.
4. Skin tests: This is the most common form of allergy tests, in which a small amount of an allergen is placed on area of your skin that is then pricked. If the area begins to swell, it indicates that you are allergic to that specific allergen.
Is allergy testing covered by insurance?
You can generally count on allergy testing to be covered by insurance. Still, we recommend finding out directly from your insurance provider what they cover with regard to allergy testing, and whether they cover the whole cost or just a portion in which there is a co-payment required from you. We accept most major medical insurance providers at Asthma and Allergy Center. For a full list of the providers we accept, please visit our Insurance page.
What kinds of allergies do you treat?
At Allergy and Asthma Center in Atlanta, GA, we test for and treat a variety of different allergies, including nasal and sinus allergies, food allergies, skin allergies, drug allergies, insect allergies, and Asthma. We are also proud to offer pediatric allergy testing and treatment from our professionally trained pediatric allergists.
If you would like to know more about our allergy testing services at Allergy and Asthma Center or would like to book an appointment, we would be more than happy to assist you! You can either book an appointment with us online or you can give us a call. Our Atlanta clinic is located at 2987 Clairmont Road, Suite 103, in Atlanta, GA, and is open on Mondays and Thursdays from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM, and also on Fridays from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM.