Allergy Testing Specialist

PremiumHealthcare

Internists & Primary Care Practice located in Crest Hill, IL & Downers Grove, IL

More than 50 million Americans have some sort of allergy. At Premium Healthcare, medical professionals help you uncover specifics about your allergy and procure effective allergy treatment. They can help identify your triggers and prevent future allergic reactions. If you suffer from an allergy and need testing, call or use the online booking tool today and schedule an appointment at either the Downers Grove or Crest Hill, Illinois, office.

Allergy Testing Q & A

What are some of the most common allergies?

Basically, any food can cause allergic reactions. However, certain food allergies cause a good portion of reactions, including:

  • Milk
  • Peanuts
  • Tree nuts (walnut, almond, hazelnut, cashew, pistachio)
  • Sesame
  • Wheat
  • Soy
  • Fish
  • Shellfish

There are also environmental allergens that cause reactions, including:

Why is allergy testing important?

If you suspect you have an allergy, getting allergy testing is so important to be sure so that you can avoid allergic reactions to foods and environmental components. Getting tested with a trained medical professional also helps you understand the severity of any potential allergies. In rare cases, certain allergies can be very dangerous and need to be taken seriously.

How does allergy testing work?

There are two main types of allergy tests:

Skin tests

During skin tests for allergens, your provider either places a suspected allergen on your skin, or injects it into your arm or forearm. If you experience redness or swelling on your skin, you have an allergy. They test many different allergens on you at one visit. Skin tests are fast, as reactions usually happen within 20 minutes. If you experience a delayed reaction, contact your provider right away.

Blood tests

In some cases, you may need a blood sample drawn to test for allergens. Your provider may recommend a blood test if you’re taking medication that could interfere with a skin test, or if you have a skin condition. Blood tests are also preferable for young children because all it requires is one quick draw of blood instead of testing several allergens on your skin. You get the results of a blood test once they come back from the lab in a few days. Blood tests help detect environmental allergies.

Are there any side effects associated with allergy testing?

When you get tested for allergies, you may experience minor reactions during testing. Usually, this means red bumps or swelling, which subsides quickly on its own. It’s very rare, but more serious reactions can occur during testing. For the most part, allergy tests are not painful at all and are very safe.

For blood tests, most people don't experience any side effects, but fainting during the drawing of a blood sample does happen on occasion.

If you need to receive allergy testing, call or use the online booking tool today and schedule an appointment at either the Downers Grove or Crest Hill, Illinois, office.