If you suspect that you have an allergy to a food, medication, or other substance, allergy testing can help you pinpoint the substance that causes your body to overreact. Identifying the cause of your allergies allows you to avoid painful, uncomfortable, and even life-threatening allergic reactions. Neil Furman, DO, offers several types of allergy tests to identify the source of your allergic reaction. Call or schedule an appointment online at Dr. Furman’s office in North Miami Beach, Florida, to find out if you have an allergy.
Allergies occur when your body’s immune system overreacts to a substance that you eat, touch, or breathe in. When you come into contact with the substance that you are allergic to, known as an allergen, you experience symptoms. These symptoms can range from mildly uncomfortable to life-threatening depending on the severity of your allergy. Common symptoms of allergies include:
You can be allergic to certain foods, medications, pollen, or materials like latex.
Allergy testing is a way to identify what substance causes your body to overreact. If Dr. Furman suspects that you’re allergic to the pollen in the air, for example, an allergy test determines if you are allergic to the pollen or if something else is causing your symptoms. When your allergens are identified, you can treat the allergy with prescribed medicine or take measures to avoid coming into contact with the allergen.
While allergy testing is helpful, they are not enough to warrant a diagnosis by themselves. To diagnose you, Dr. Furman examines you and takes your medical history. If your history points to allergies as a possibility, he recommends and administers an allergy test to you.
Dr. Furman offers several types of allergy tests as part of the AllergiEnd system. The AllergiEnd system is a diagnostic test that tests for many common allergies. The system relies on skin tests to find out what’s causing your allergic reaction. During a skin test, Dr. Furman puts a small amount of your potential allergen onto your skin with a patch or by pricking you with a tiny needle.
If Dr. Furman determines that a skin test is too risky for you, he may order a blood test to determine the cause of your allergy. Blood tests can also be used to confirm the results of a skin test.
The easiest way to treat your allergies is to avoid your allergens. For example, if you’re allergic to shellfish, it’s best for you to avoid oysters, mussels, or shrimp. However, this is not always a feasible way to live with an allergy. If you cannot avoid your allergy triggers, Dr. Furman prescribes you with medications to help you cope with your symptoms.
If you’re concerned that you may have an allergy, call or schedule an appointment online with Neil Furman, DO, for comprehensive, convenient allergy testing.