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What happens after allergy testing has been completed?
It is very important to us that you know what to expect once allergy testing has been completed. We will do our best to help you understand your allergic condition, as well as the whole testing and treatment process.

Once testing has been completed the results are given to your physician. He will then review the test results. At the time of your follow-up appointment, he will sit down with you and review the results and recommend an appropriate treatment plan that will best meet your needs. Allergy treatment is based on your history of symptoms, your test results and your allergic situation.

What treatment options are available?
Allergy symptoms will improve if you can minimize exposure to the offending allergens. Therefore, the first and most important part of treatment is making changes in your home and work environment to decrease exposure.

If you have done all you can to decrease exposure and symptoms persist, you may need to take supplemental medication to control the symptoms. There are many types of antihistamines, decongestants, mucous thinners and nasal sprays. Finding the right medication is often a trial and error period.

If you find that you have taken medication on a daily basis or the medications are not working, allergy injections may be warranted. If symptoms are making it difficult for you to function at work or school, or symptoms are interfering with sleep or causing frequent infections, you will be offered immunotherapy. Medications treat the symptoms, immunotherapy treats the problems. Immunotherapy strengthens the immune system and decreases the need for medications.

If you are allergic to airborne molds, you will also be encouraged to decrease the mold-ferment foods in your diet. These foods are mushrooms, aged cheeses, vinegars, beer, wine and yeast.

If you smoke, we strongly recommend that you quit. You will not obtain full benefit from allergy treatment if you continue to smoke.

If food allergies are suspected, you may be asked to complete an elimination diet so that we can determine what foods are most likely the ones that are making you sick. If you have any questions concerning your allergy testing or treatments, please contact our allergy department directly at (410) 742-1643.