In decades past, Arizona was considered a getaway for anyone suffering from allergies and asthma. The hot, dry air made it a perfect climate to find relief from runny noses, watery eyes, and uncontrollable sneezing – not to mention the shortness of breath and chest tightening that also afflicts many allergy sufferers.
But times have changed over the years as more people have moved into the greater Phoenix area. There are now new plant species adorning the xeriscapes of front yards, and more interesting foods being placed on the plates of foodies!
This means that managing allergies is not as simple as changing your address. Now, it takes skin testing for allergies to understand the full spectrum of what may be contributing to someone’s asthma or allergy attacks.
When you think about how fast-paced we live our lives these days, and everything that we’re exposed to while running from point A to point B, it should come as no surprise that the list of allergens is as vast as the Grand Canyon.
They can range from food allergies (including gluten), dust allergies, and pet allergies, to insect sting allergies, mold allergies, and even over-the-counter medication allergies!
With that number of possibilities, keeping an allergy journal could take a lot of documenting and cross-referencing before being able to zoom in on a possible culprit.
Instead, countless men, women, and children are now utilizing the rapid response of skin allergy tests so they can find relief as fast as possible!
If you’re wondering what it is that’s been causing your allergy distress, even if it’s not something that’s already been mentioned above, why not book an appointment today for a skin allergy test with an allergy specialist near you like the doctors at Arizona Allergy Associates?
Even though you may feel that you’re the only one who knows how fatiguing an allergy attack can be, studies show that you’re not alone.
In fact, some reports place the number of allergy sufferers in America at more than 50 million. And while there may be comfort in numbers, knowing that you’re not alone still doesn’t help you and your exact reactions.
That’s another reason that allergy skin tests are becoming increasingly popular.
Instead of just “putting a Band-Aid over the symptoms” by taking medication, skin testing will let you know the source of the problem.
And when you know that, you’ll be able to rely on your own decision-making skills rather than over-the-counter or prescription medication.
A recommendation from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) states that one of the first things you can do to understand your symptoms better is to undergo a skin prick test, an intradermal skin test, a specific IgE blood test, a patch test, or a physician-supervised challenge test.
Which test your doctor elects to perform will most likely be based on what type of allergy you suspect is affecting you – either inhaled allergens, ingested allergens, contact allergens, or a combination.
After you’ve made your appointment with an allergy specialist near you, remember that you should stop taking prescription or over-the-counter antihistamines before your scheduled visit.
Some allergy specialists may also advise that you stop taking other medications such as anti-depressants and benzodiazepines, as well.
If you’re wondering whether or not the medications that you’re currently taking could impede with the results of your testing, call ahead and ask the medical care team for pre-testing recommendations.
It’s common for parents to think that if their child was fortunate enough to survive his or her younger years without having to worry about allergies, that they are forever immune from their onset.
Unfortunately, this is not the case. Children can develop allergies at any age – just as adults can transition into allergies at any age.
Why not take the guesswork out of your child’s runny nose and book an appointment today for an allergy skin test near you with the professional and caring staff at Arizona Allergy Associates?
Our multiple locations are convenient for anyone living in the Valley of the Sun who wants relief from their allergies – including Chandler, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Queen Creek/ San Tan Valley, and Mesa/Gilbert. Click on the ‘Book an Appointment’ link to select the location that’s closest to you.