If you get symptoms from something in your environment but you’re not sure of the cause, you might spend all of your time in fear of another reaction. At Physicians Medical Primary Care in San Jose, California, family physicians Gina Bui, MD, and Sveltlana Burkhead, MD, provide allergy testing to help find the cause of your allergic reactions. To request your allergy test, call Physicians Medical Primary Care, or use the online scheduling tool today.
Allergies are immune system reactions to substances in your environment that are normally harmless to people like food, pollen, and pet dander. If you have an allergy, your immune system treats your allergen (the substance causing your allergic reaction) as a dangerous invader. As a result, you get symptoms when you encounter your allergen.
Common symptoms of allergic reactions are:
If your allergy is severe, it can trigger a life-threatening reaction called anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis can cause you to lose consciousness, stop breathing, feel lightheaded, or vomit uncontrollably.
At Physicians Medical Primary Care, your doctor provides several types of allergy tests to help you identify the cause of your allergic reactions. They include:
Sometimes, your doctor advises against skin tests. If a skin test might cause a reaction, they may send a sample of your blood to a laboratory to look for antibodies to the potential allergen.
If you know that your allergic reaction is coming from a food or drink, your doctor may ask you to avoid certain foods and reintroduce them back into your diet. If a food causes a reaction, you might have an allergy or intolerance to it.
Allergy tests help you identify the exact cause of your allergic reactions. Once you know what’s causing your sneezing, labored breathing, skin rash, or other symptoms, you’re better able to avoid the cause in the future and stop a reaction from happening.
Additionally, once you identify your allergen, your doctor may prescribe you medications to ease the symptoms of allergic reactions when they occur. Even when you know your allergen, it can be difficult or impossible to avoid it entirely.
If you have a suspected allergy but aren’t sure what’s causing your reactions, call Physicians Medical Primary Care for prompt allergy testing or request your appointment online today.