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Allergy Testing

NY Center for Ear, Nose, Throat, Sinus & Allergy

Otolaryngology located in Sheepshead Bay & Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, NY

If you’re one of the 50 million people in the United States that suffers from skin, food, or seasonal allergies, you can find comprehensive testing and treatment options at NY Center for Ear, Nose, Throat, Sinus & Allergy in Sheepshead Bay and Bay Ridge of Brooklyn, New York. The team of skilled otolaryngologists possesses years of experience in addressing the root cause of allergies to prevent health complications. The staff creates custom treatment plans to help you manage your allergies in the long term to improve your quality of life. Schedule an allergy consultation online or by phone to learn more about treatment and testing for your allergies.

Allergy Testing Q & A

What are allergies?

Allergies are your immune system’s overreaction to foods or substances that aren’t usually harmful. Your body produces antibodies in its own defense that can cause a physical reaction.

Coming into contact with these substances can result in symptoms like:

  • Sneezing
  • Skin rash
  • Runny nose
  • Watery eyes
  • Shortness of breath

In some cases, severe allergies can result in anaphylaxis, a life-threatening situation that can lead to loss of consciousness, a dangerous drop in blood pressure, and even shock.

What causes allergies?

Potential allergens affect people differently, causing severe symptoms in some and only mild symptoms in others. These include inhalant allergies, food allergies, and atopic skin allergies.

Common causes of an allergic response in the body include:

  • Mold
  • Pollen
  • Insect bites
  • Pet dander
  • Medications
  • Certain foods
  • Chemical products

You may be more susceptible to developing allergies if other members of your family have them or if you have other chronic skin or respiratory condition, such as asthma.

What can I expect during allergy testing?

Your provider at NY Center for Ear, Nose, Throat, Sinus & Allergy administers in-office allergy tests based on your symptoms and medical history. Testing involves exposing your body to potential allergens that may trigger a reaction in your body.

Allergy testing may involve blood tests in which your physician identifies the presence of antibodies that can indicate an allergic response. They also can perform skin testing, gently pricking your skin with a variety of substances and monitoring your skin for a reaction.

Skin testing is a relatively fast procedure that can provide instant results. Undergoing skin allergy testing with your otolaryngologist’s careful supervision is crucial because they can continually monitor your health and allergic reaction response.

Often, your skin turns red and begins to swell within 20 minutes of exposure. In the event of a severe reaction, the staff at NY Center for Ear, Nose, Throat, Sinus & Allergy has the resources to protect your health and help you recover quickly and safely.

Does allergy testing hurt?

Testing you for allergies isn’t painful. However, if you test positive for one or more allergens, you’ll likely develop red, itchy bumps that resemble insect bites on your skin. These bumps can be uncomfortable.

Your provider can recommend an antihistamine or a topical cream to address these symptoms soon after treatment ends. Treating the bumps may be necessary to prevent infections caused by scratching.

Don’t suffer from the effects of allergies any longer, Schedule convenient, in-office allergy testing at NY Center for Ear, Nose, Throat, Sinus & Allergy today using the online booking feature or by calling the office.