What will happen at my first allergy appointment?
For your first appointment, you'll meet with one of our doctors. Together, you and the doctor will discuss your symptoms and decide on an appropriate allergy test. Airborne allergens, such as dust and pollen, usually require a skin test. Food and some other allergies usually require a blood test. It's possible, in addition to allergies, you may have a sinus infection, or some other complication. If so, the doctor will work with you to find the best treatment, for both the allergies and any other complications.
What is the test like?
For the blood test, we draw a couple vials of blood for analysis. For the skin test, we use a needle to insert tiny amounts of allergens just below the surface of the skin. Typically, an allergist would insert one sample for each allergen to be tested. This allows the allergist to see exactly what you're allergic to. However, at Plymouth ENT, instead of using only one sample of each allergen, we use three samples, at different concentrations. This allows us to discover, not only WHAT you're allergic to, but also HOW allergic you are to a given substance. This knowledge can make a BIG difference in your treatment.
What happens after the test?
The first step in treatment is allergy avoidance. Once we've discovered exactly what you're allergic to, we work with you to reduce your exposure to these allergens in your daily life. Often, a few simple tips can greatly reduce allergy suffering. If allergy avoidance doesn't relieve your allergy symptoms, we have a wide range of specific medications that may relieve your symptoms. Finally, we provide targeted immunotherapy—also known as allergy shots—that gradually desensitize your body to problem allergens.