Allergy Testing Specialist

Grace Family Health

Family Medicine & Cosmetic and Medical Dermatology located in Murrieta, CA & Menifee, CA

If you have ever experienced an allergic reaction, you know they can be quite intrusive and sometimes downright dangerous. The fact is, allergies are on the rise in the United States. Allergy testing is a great way to know your risks so that you can get the treatment you need. Call or go online to schedule your first appointment with the team at Grace Family Health in Murrieta, Menifee, or Temecula, California, to learn more.

Allergy Testing Q & A

What is an allergy?

Have you ever experienced itchy, red eyes, a runny nose, or spots on your skin after consuming or coming into contact with a new substance? If so, you may have an allergy. When you are having an allergic reaction, your body is responding to a substance that is ordinarily harmless. Allergies are quite common in the United States, as roughly 20% of Americans have at least one allergy. It is possible to be allergic to many things, including pollen, mold, certain foods, or insects. The severity of an allergic reaction can range from being simply annoying to downright deadly.

What is allergy testing?

Fortunately for those who suffer from allergies, it is possible to test for your specific triggers, providing you with the information that you need to avoid coming into contact with these triggers in the first place or getting the right medical care to help you get over the allergen. There are several ways to test for allergens, including allergy skin tests, blood testing, and food testing. 

These tests often involve exposing you to small amounts of common allergens to see if your body undergoes an abnormal response to the allergen. If it does, then you likely have an allergy to that particular substance. If you do find that you have an allergen, certain treatments such as immunotherapy can help you reduce or eliminate your body’s overblown response.

What is immunotherapy?

The expert team at Grace Family Health provides their patients with sublingual immunotherapy treatments to help them overcome their unhealthy allergic reactions. Sublingual immunotherapy involves repeated exposure to a small amount of an allergen in order for your immune system to learn how to react to that allergen in a more normal and healthy way. Drops containing your allergen are placed under your tongue for several minutes before you swallow them. Research shows that this method is relatively safe and effective for treating several different kinds of common allergic reactions, including dust mites, ragweed, tree pollens, and cat dander. 

To find out more, call or go online today to schedule your first appointment with the team at Grace Family Health.