ENT  Allergy Testing in New Orleans

Allergies impact the daily lives of millions of Americans, including those of us who call Southeastern Louisiana home. The whole Greater New Orleans area enjoys warm weather and plentiful rain, often producing high levels of various allergens.

Although we may share common symptoms and have similar allergic triggers, your specific allergy profile is unique to you. The key to overall allergy health starts with high-quality testing.

The ENT & Allergy of New Orleans professional team has the knowledge and skills to understand and evaluate your allergy profile and create a plan that works for you.

What Is Allergy Testing?

The board-certified team at ENT & Allergy of New Orleans uses modern testing protocols and tools that accurately identify and measure your allergy issues. There are various allergy testing types and methods depending on the specific types of allergies that you have.

The safest, most accurate, and most beneficial allergy testing involves a blend of skin and blood testing. This combined method ensures that your allergy test results are accurate, detailed, and reflect the full scope of your allergy issues.

What is Skin Prick Testing

The initial skin testing phase involves screening for dozens of common allergens. This screening is designed to identify allergic reactions to substances that you may regularly come into contact with here in Southeastern Louisiana.

These include common indoor and outdoor allergens such as:

  • Pollen
  • Dust mites
  • Mold
  • Pet dander
  • Common foods

Skin tests have been safely used for allergies for over 100 years. Technology has advanced to ensure that these “skin pricks” are not painful and that you are safe throughout the testing process. Skin pricks are simply micro-incisions that gently enter the skin surface.

There may be a short period of mild discomfort, but no bleeding or cuts break the skin.

To ensure the accuracy of the test, the skin is cleaned, and any foreign substances on the skin surface are removed. The medical professional will then draw a circle around each prick and apply a trace amount of an allergy extract on the skin surface.

A saline and histamine solutions will be applied to the skin to compare the allergic reaction to normal skin irritation. These will allow the test results to be accurately interpreted and help develop a customized treatment plan.

The skin will quickly react to show the areas where an allergy is present and the areas where it is not. Each allergy indication will be a unique size and intensity depending on the severity of the reaction.

The small bumps that indicate an allergy are known as a “wheal.” The “wheal” is surrounded by a larger area of redness that is known as a flare.

The size of the wheal and flare will be proportional to the degree of allergic reaction. The larger the wheal and flare, the more intense the allergy.

This process of accurately classifying and quantifying each allergy is critical to the development of a unique treatment plan for you.

What is Intradermal Skin Testing?

Some allergens do not cause a reaction at the skin surface. These include common allergens such as:

  • Medications (penicillin, etc)
  • Insect venom

To accurately understand how you are affected by these allergens, they must be placed below the skin’s surface.  The intradermal skin test procedure involves introducing a safe amount of these allergens below the surface of the skin.

A very small needle will make the injection with little discomfort. Similar to the skin prick testing, the results will be indicated by areas of redness that can be quantified to determine the size and scope of the reaction.

What is an Allergy Blood Test?

Allergy blood testing may be appropriate depending on your specific medical condition, health history, and allergy issues. Blood tests are not always necessary but may be used in the following situations:

  • Medication needs - If you are taking medication that would prevent an accurate skin test and are unable to stop the medication safely.
  • Skin conditions - If you suffer from eczema, psoriasis, or another severe skin condition.
  • Allergic reaction - If you are being tested for strong allergies that may result in an unsafe allergic reaction.

Best Allergy Testing to Allergy Treatments

High-quality, accurate allergy testing is essential for highly effective allergy treatment. The test results are recorded and quantified, forming the basis for a customized treatment plan.

Each person’s skin reacts differently to allergens, and the process of interpreting the results is complicated. Depending on the specific allergen, there is the rare possibility of false positives and false negatives. It is also possible to show a reaction to an allergen that does not negatively impact your daily life.

This is why it is more important than ever to trust your allergy testing to a team of professionals with the education, training, and experience to understand your allergy issues so that your specific plan can be customized based on your unique needs and treatment goals.

Your custom plan may include:

  • Medication - Allergy medication can effectively manage mild symptoms. Medication will not reduce or eliminate an underlying allergy but will help with symptom relief.
  • Immunotherapy (allergy shots or allergy drops) - If you prefer to get to the actual cause of your allergies, then immunotherapy is the solution. Allergy drops and allergy shots are two methods that will take you past symptom relief toward total allergy relief. They work by reprogramming the immune system to respond properly to harmless allergens. Immunotherapy is the only long-term solution for real allergy relief.
  • ENT Services - There are non-invasive solutions for allergy-related breathing issuesus infections, sleep issues, and much more. These safe and effective treatment options can work together with your allergy treatment plan to give you total relief.

Allergy Testing Questions?

If you have questions, you are not alone. Our professional, service-oriented staff will treat you warmly, take a personal interest in your care, and work to earn your total trust.

We listen to your questions, provide the most accurate information, and give you the freedom to make the best decision for you.

Some of the most common questions include:

  • Is allergy testing safe? Absolutely. Allergy testing has been a safe and effective tool for generations. You will be closely monitored in the office throughout the testing process. Testing involves trace amounts of the allergen that are carefully introduced to your system. Adverse reactions are very rare and easily controlled.
  • Does allergy testing hurt? Most likely it will not. Most patients report mild discomfort and rarely experience pain.
  • What do I need to know before testing? Be sure to carefully complete your medical history and report all medications that you are currently taking. If you take allergy medications, prescription or over-the-counter, you will need to let us know before testing.
  • Does insurance cover allergy testing? Allergy testing costs are often covered by insurance plans. Ask your insurance company for details about coverage, if referrals are needed, and the types of treatment plans covered.

Contact us today with your allergy testing and treatment questions. We look forward to working together with you to address your allergy issues.

ENT Allergists You Can Trust

Living in Southeastern Louisiana means that you rarely get a break if you suffer from allergies. Allergy season is year-round in New Orleans so you need to choose a professional team that can empower you to live life to the fullest.

Allergy testing is the first step on the path toward allergy freedom. You can control and reduce allergy symptoms; total allergy elimination is possible. ENT & Allergy of New Orleans will develop a custom plan to address all of your allergy needs.

Our reputation is built on decades of experience in creating allergy treatment options that are safe, effective, affordable, and designed to meet your unique needs. Call today and take control of your health with high-quality allergy testing.

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ENT & Allergy of New Orleans is located in greater New Orleans, Drs. Fatakia, Irwin, Pippin, Qayum, and Shah provide the latest in surgical and medical treatment to meet your NOLA ENT needs.

Address: 1151 Barataria Blvd Suite 3100, Marrero, LA 70072

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