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Allergy Testing Specialist

Jivana Care -  - Family Medicine

Jivana Care

Family Medicine located in Bethesda, MD

Allergies can turn any fun outing into a chore, but the right treatment gives you relief so you can enjoy life without uncomfortable symptoms. At Jivana Care in Bethesda, Maryland, Gezzer Ortega, MD, and the team provide allergy testing and treatment for all types of allergies. Whether you have seasonal, chemical, or food allergies, Jivana Care has a team of allergy specialists to determine the root cause of your symptoms. Call the office or schedule an appointment online to learn more.

Allergy Testing Q&A

What is allergy testing?

Allergies are reactions to substances that don’t normally cause uncomfortable responses in humans. Individuals with allergies may react negatively when in contact with a substance to which they’re allergic. While every allergy is different, they typically cause watery eyes, sneezing, rashes, throat swelling, and other symptoms.

Allergy testing uses scientific tests to determine whether you’re allergic to a certain substance. There are several different types of allergy testing that can help the team at Jivana Care prepare your next course of treatment.

What are the different types of allergy testing?

How the team tests you for allergies depends on the type of substance they think might be causing your symptoms. Some of the different types of allergy testing available include:

Blood tests

Blood tests can detect allergies to certain substances. Once the team or an outside lab draws your blood, they test it to measure the levels of allergen-specific antibodies that it contains.

Skin prick tests

A skin prick test can help determine whether your body has a reaction to a specific substance. During this test, the team places a small amount of certain allergens on your skin. After about 15-20 minutes, the team can see if your skin produces a reaction.

Patch tests

During a patch test, the team places a patch containing a specific allergen on your skin, and it stays in place for 24-72 hours. After a certain amount of time, the team observes the skin underneath the patch to check for a reaction.

Intradermal tests

If the team administers an intradermal skin test, they inject a small amount of the allergen into your skin to see if you have a reaction.

Which allergies can the testing detect?

Humans can have allergies to a wide variety of environmental and chemical substances, as well as certain foods. 

Common allergens include:

  • Pollen
  • Dust mites
  • Pet dander
  • Insect venom
  • Medications
  • Peanuts
  • Tree nuts
  • Shellfish
  • Milk
  • Latex 
  • Mold
  • Cleaning chemicals

Talk to the team at Jivana Care about allergy testing if you think you may be allergic to a certain substance.

What are the symptoms of allergies?

How you react to a specific allergen depends on the type it is, but some of the most common signs of allergies in children and adults include:

  • Hives
  • Sneezing
  • Itching
  • Watery, red eyes
  • Swelling of the throat, tongue, or lips
  • Wheezing or chest tightness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Redness and swelling at the contact site
  • Skin rashes

Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening allergic reaction that can cause a drop in blood pressure, extreme shortness of breath, and even loss of consciousness. This is a severe reaction that warrants an emergency call to 911.

To learn more about allergy testing, call Jivana Care or schedule an appointment online now.