Allergy Testing In Murray & West Jordan, UT
Getting an allergy test can tell you which food or environmental substances are causing your bothersome allergic symptoms so you can better avoid them in the future. At Allergy Associates of Utah in Murray, and West Jordan, Utah, allergy specialists Andrew Smith, MD, MS, and Tara Sarin, MD, provide skin tests, blood tests, and elimination diets to identify your allergens. Book your allergy testing appointment by calling the nearest office or requesting one online today.
What is allergy testing?
Allergy testing is the process of exposing yourself to small amounts of potential allergens to find out which of them causes your allergy symptoms. Dr. Smith and Dr. Sarin at Allergy Associates of Utah specialize in providing accurate allergy testing and can help you interpret the results of your tests.
There are several forms of allergy testing, and Dr. Smith or Dr. Sarin can help you decide which is most beneficial in your case. They typically choose your test or tests based on the type of symptoms you have from your allergy. For example, a skin test can detect allergens that cause contact dermatitis.
What are my allergy testing options?
Allergy Associates of Utah offers several allergy test types, allowing you to identify nearly any type of allergen. Identifying your allergens with an allergy test helps you plan to avoid them to the best of your ability in the future, minimizing your chances of having a reaction. Your testing options include:
Skin tests include scratch tests, intradermal tests, and patch tests. Using a diluted sample of the potential allergen on the tip of a sharp tool, your provider lightly scratches your skin’s surface and awaits a reaction. An intradermal test involves a small injection of the allergen, and a patch test involves allergens on a skin patch that you wear for 48 hours.
Dr. Smith and Dr. Sarin typically use blood tests when skin tests might cause a severe reaction. They draw a sample of your blood and test it in a lab for certain antibodies that fight specific allergens.
An elimination diet is an option if you think you have a food allergy. You remove certain foods from your diet for a short time before reintegrating them to find out which food causes your symptoms.
Which types of allergens can allergy testing detect?
Allergy testing is available to detect nearly any environmental or food allergen you can think of. Some of the most common allergens, identifiable with allergy testing at Allergy Associates of Utah, include:
- Tree nuts
- Pet dander
Once you identify your allergen or allergens with allergy testing, Dr. Smith or Dr. Sarin creates an individualized allergy management plan for you that involves a combination of medications and lifestyle adjustments.