What is allergy testing?
According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), more than 50 million people in the U.S. experience some type of allergy each year. Allergies are also one of the leading causes of chronic health conditions in America. While most men, women, and children are usually aware that they have an allergy, they often do not know the type or cause. To provide an accurate diagnosis, Cross Timbers ENT offers medical-based allergy testing. Contact our team at any one of our locations in Arlington, Mansfield, or Midlothian, TX to book an appointment. By identifying the underlying problem, you can receive the treatment you need to gain relief, prevent episodes, and help manage symptoms.
What are the benefits?
Allergy testing offers our Arlington, TX patients a number of benefits that can relieve and change their lives, including:
- Ability to diagnose between subtle allergy changes
- Kill two (or more) birds with one stone, as you test for many allergies at once
- Ongoing care for determined allergies
- Help provide safety and certianty in your mind as to what triggers to avoid
Allergy Testing Reviews
"If your daily routine involves multiple sneezing fits, itchy, watery eyes, blowing your nose everyday or even once a day, coughing, runny nose, and or it feels like your ears are stopped up, please give Cross Timbers ENT a call and ask for allergy testing. Jennifer has been great and I see a huge improvement in my symptoms plus I’ve had less Asthma exacerbations because my allergies are becoming a thing of the past. I am no longer allergic to a whole list of things. Before taking the shots I could not dust or be around any dust because I was so allergic to dust mites and they caused the Asthma to flare up and I would be on steroids for 10 plus days, have to get a steroid shot in addition to the 10 days, have to do breathing treatments around the clock, and I would have to spend money not only for meds but to see a dr, go to an urgent care, or visit an ER. This last year I began taking allergy shots regularly and I can dust without exacerbating Asthma and the best part is the fear from allergy flares causing me to not be able to breathe is completely gone. That fear of flare ups effecting my breathing is a thing of the past. Allergy shots work and you can have them give you all of your shots or you can be taught to do them yourself. So the symptoms of allergies no longer bother me like they use to. I have more shots to take but the test and my lack of symptoms prove the shots do work. I am now only allergic to one thing and less allergic today vs one year ago. So please give yourself a gift that lasts a lifetime and get tested for Allergies and if your positive consider taking the shots. They work and it’s so nice to live and breathe easier and not have the fear of being breathless due to allergies. I took control over allergies and won."- M.D. / Google / Dec 01, 2021
"Jen made the allergy testing process very easy for my daughter. She was clear on the instructions and process beforehand and very informative during. She covered our expected costs and next steps so we knew what to expect. It has been a great experience so far as we prepare to begin immunotherapy."- A.S. / Google / Jun 19, 2021
"Allergy Testing Complete. Jenn was amazing!! Much easier then expected. In and out in 30 minutes. Jenn explained everything and gave suggestions to avoid allergy flair ups!"- P.C. / Facebook / Sep 16, 2022
"Allergy Testing Complete. Jenn was amazing!! Much easier then expected. In and out in 30 minutes. Jenn explained everything and gave suggestions to avoid allergy flair ups! Thanks Jenn!"- P.C. / Facebook / Sep 16, 2022
"The entire staff is friendly, professional, knowledgeable and caring. The front office staff is extremely friendly and helpful. They are very caring and go above & beyond with the patients. They make me feel cared for beyond just a patient. Part of my care included doing allergy testing. Jennifer was knowledgeable, friendly and caring. She was patient and explained everything thoroughly. I highly recommend this practice. I believe you will be as impressed as I am. You are in good hands, Dixie"- D.D. / Facebook / Dec 18, 2022
Who is a candidate for allergy testing?
Itchy eyes and nasal congestion are two of the most common symptoms associated with allergies. These issues may seem small but impact your quality of life. If you suffer from these or similar symptoms on a regular basis, you may want to consider allergy testing. Cross Timbers ENT will provide a health evaluation to determine if testing is the best option for your needs. Please inform us of any medications you are taking as well as other health conditions that may be present. Our goal is to ensure the results are as accurate as possible.
How is allergy testing performed?
Cross Timbers ENT in North Texas offers modern allergy testing options for men, women, and children. At our practice, patients can choose from a blood test or skin test to determine the type and cause of their allergy. These assessments are quick, easy, and highly accurate. We may also recommend an elimination diet or expose you to a small sample of the suspected allergen to identify adverse reactions. Once we pinpoint the allergen, we can discuss treatment options. Visit our allergy shot page to learn more.
What Should I Expect After Allergy Testing?
Your experience after allergy testing may vary depending on the type of allergy test you receive. If you get a skin test, you will likely be asked to wait for an amount of time in case any significant reactions occur and to let any mild or moderate skin reactions dissipate. For skin testing, results are known almost immediately and any treatments can be determined soon after. With blood tests, there will be some time for lab processing before the results are known and treatments can be decided upon. It is uncommon to return to Cross Timbers ENT for additional testing unless your doctor or practitioner found something unusual in the results that requires further care. Occasionally, patients may need additional tests if the allergy is severe and causing other health concerns. As they develop, children may also need additional allergy testing to ensure they have not developed additional allergies.
Allergy Testing FAQ
Is allergy testing safe?
For the majority of patients, skin testing for allergies is generally safe, even for children as young as infants. However, at Cross Timbers ENT, we may recommend against it if you’ve ever had a severe allergic reaction. We also offer blood tests for allergies, which check for allergen-specific IgE antibodies to diagnose allergies.
Does allergy testing hurt?
No, allergy testing isn’t painful. Most patients experience little to no discomfort as the small needles, or lancets, used to introduce an allergen to the skin only shallowly penetrate the topmost layer of skin.
What allergies do an allergy test typically check for?
The most common allergies tested for include food and nut allergies, pollen, dust, dander, insect stings, mold, latex, among others.
Can you develop allergies in adulthood?
Yes, you can. While some allergies are present from childhood, children can also grow out of them. On the other hand, some people can develop allergies as adults. That’s why it’s always recommended to have allergy testing done if you are being seriously impacted by the effects of allergies.
What are some symptoms of allergies?
Symptoms of an allergic reaction include:
- Swelling of the face, eyes, and/or throat
- Runny nose
- Stomach cramps
- Severe itching
- Difficulty breathing
Get an allergy test today
While allergies are very common among Americans, the cause isn't always known. If you or your loved one are experiencing chronic, severe, or even mild allergies, contact Cross Timbers ENT in Midlothian, Arlington, or Mansfield, TX today. Our expert team can perform premier allergy testing to identify the specific allergen you are suffering from so you can get the treatment you need.