It’s Time to Test for Allergies
- Posted on: May 15 2018
Although in Gilbert we don’t have the snow and ice that usually denotes the winter decrease in allergies, most people in Arizona still follow the same seasonal patterns. Blooming trees, flowers, and grasses can still drive some of us berserk every spring. Of course, that’s not to mention other allergens that can be around all the time, things such as pet dander, cosmetics, household products, and the like.
If you suffer from allergies, all you want to know is this — what is behind my watery eyes, sneezing, skin rashes, and other reactions?
At Infinity Health & Wellness, we provide allergy testing to help you get to the bottom of what’s bugging you.
What causes an allergic reaction?
If you are sneezing, have watery eyes, and itchy skin in reaction to an allergen, you’re not alone. As many as 30 percent of U.S. adults and 40 percent of children have allergies.
Your immune system is to blame. Its job is to defend the body from invaders such as bacteria and viruses, but sometimes it gets confused about just what constitutes an invader. When you’re allergic to something such as tree pollen, once the body senses the allergen your immune system releases antibodies to go it. Each antibody targets a specific allergen, meaning you may be allergic to cat dander, but not dog dander.
The cells release histamine, which causes your blood vessels to expand. Plus, it releases other chemicals. All of these trigger your allergy symptoms. Your sinuses clog, your skin may become itchy, your airways may even constrict.
To put an end to the symptoms, we need to find just what the body is thinking is an invader.
Tests we use
At Infinity Health & Wellness, we use both blood tests and skin tests to identify allergens. The most common blood test is the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. This measures the amount of immunoglobulin E in the blood. The one problem with blood tests is that they aren’t as sensitive as other tests.
Skin tests, sometimes called patch tests, are more sensitive. In these tests, a tiny drop of a solution with the possible allergen is placed on the skin, which has been scratched or pricked. Then we check the skin for a reaction. We’ll keep testing various potential allergens until we find what you are allergic to.
Tired of dealing with your allergies? Come see us at Infinity Health & Wellness. Call us at (480) 427-4305 to make an appointment.
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