Skin Testing: This is the most accurate way to diagnose allergies and is done in two separate one-hour sessions. Both sessions must be done to consider testing complete.
Prick testing: Using a plastic claw like applicator, allergens are applied to the skin. This does not pierce the skin or cause bleeding. Results are available that day. This usually indicates the allergens you are most sensitive to.
MQT Testing: This level involves the use of needles but the application is not similar to a shot. The tech slides the allergen under the first layer of skin and forms a 5mm bubble. Results are available that day.
RAST Testing: A one-time blood draw for patients who may be medically or physically unable to participate in skin testing. The blood sample is sent to a lab and results are available within a week.
Types of allergens that can be skin tested:
Pollens, mold, animal dander and foods
Other antigens are available but are limited to RAST testing only.
After Allergy Testing
Once the testing is done, there will be a follow up appointment with Dr. Hengy or Dr. Mendians to review the results and discuss treatment options. Treatment options include: avoidance measures, symptom treatment with medication, allergy injections, or allergy drop therapy.
Dr. Ben Hengy and Dr. Andrew Mendians are Board Certified
in Otolaryngic Allergy for both pediactric patients and adults.
If you are currently suffering with allergies and are ready for relief, call one of our offices and start the process to a better feeling you!
Possible Symptoms of Allergies
Eyes: Itching, Red, Watering or Burning
Ears: Plugging, Popping, or Itching
Nose: Itching, Running, Sneezing, or Congestion
Chest: Frequent Colds, Coughing, Asthma
Skin: Hives, Reoccurring Eczema or Rash
Head: Congestion, Pressure, Headaches, or
Allergy symptoms can occur year-round or seasonally.
Medications like antihistamines, decongestants, mucus thinners, antibiotics or steroids may be used to treat your symptoms. Medications can be very effective; however, medications treat only the allergy symptoms and do not treat the cause of the symptoms.
Allergy Injections (Immunotherapy)
Immunotherapy is often prescribed for patients suffering from allergies more than one season of the year. The goal of Immunotherapy is to desensitize the allergic patients to their specific antigens. This process consists of weekly injections to gradually build up tolerance to the allergen and decrease allergy symptoms. Typically this process takes 3-5 years; beginning with weekly injections, then moving to monthly. The result is 10-12 years of relief.
Your immune system will gradually increase sensitivity to those allergens again. The immunity is not indefinite and this process may need to be repeated.
Allergy Drop Therapy (Sublingual Therapy)
Sublingual Therapy has been a course of treatment in Europe for over 30 years, but is relatively new to the U.S. This is an immune building process in which the patient squeezes a series of drops under their tongue daily. This therapy is done at home and is recommended for those patients who cannot commit to a weekly injection schedule. Sublingual Therapy is not currently FDA approved and most insurances do not cover this option.