What is Allergy Testing?

And When Is It a Good Idea?

Many common substances can cause allergic reactions, including pollens, food, mold, dust, feathers, animal dander, drugs and airborne pollutants. Allergy testing, which is not painful, reveals your triggers so you can avoid them or take medication to prevent a response. Depending on the allergy, you also may benefit from immunotherapy, a method of treating allergies by desensitizing you to your triggers, either with allergy drops under the tongue (sublingual immunotherapy) or allergy shots (subcutaneous immunotherapy). Lake Regional ENT Specialist Edward Barns, M.D., FACS, provides allergy testing and immunotherapy for both adults and children 3 years old and older at Lake Regional ENT & Audiology.

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