Allergy Testing

Allergy tests may help find allergies to things you eat, touch, or breathe in. They are usually skin or blood tests. Here are Eastern Shore ENT we provide allergy tests for you!

So, when should you have allergy tests?
If you have allergy symptoms, you may get relief from self-help steps and over-the-counter drugs. If these steps do not help your symptoms, then it is time to see your doctor.

The doctor should ask you about your medical history and make sure you get the right tests. If your medical history suggests that you have an allergy, your doctor might refer you to an allergist or immunologist (doctors who specialize in allergies) for testing.

  • A skin test is the most common kind of allergy test. Your skin is pricked with a needle that has a tiny amount of something you might be allergic to.
  • If you have a rash or take a medicine that could affect the results of a skin test, you may need a
    blood test.
  • For chronic hives, you usually do not need an allergy test. However, your doctor might order
    tests to make sure that the hives are not caused by other conditions, such as thyroid disease,
    lymphoma, or lupus.