WHY ALLERGY TESTING?

If you have an allergy, your immune system overreacts to a substance you inhaled, touched or ate.

Your immune system controls how your body defends itself. For instance, if you have an allergy to pollen, your immune system identifies pollen as an invader or allergen. Your immune system overreacts by producing antibodies called Immunoglobulin E (IgE). These antibodies travel to cells that release chemicals, causing an allergic reaction. These reactions can range from annoying sneezing and sniffling to a life-threatening response called anaphylaxis.

So how can you be sure which allergens are responsible for your symptoms? Allergy tests, combined with a physical examination and medical history, can give precise information about what you are, as well as what you are not, allergic to. For instance, perhaps you or a family member has allergy symptoms and your household includes a pet. You don’t have to avoid contact with the pet if allergy testing shows an allergy to dust mites but not to pet dander.

Many people with untreated allergy symptoms aren’t aware of how much better they will feel once their symptoms are properly diagnosed and managed by an allergist / immunologist, often referred to as an allergist.

An allergist is a pediatrician or internist with at least two additional years of specialized training in the diagnosis and treatment of allergies, asthma and immunologic disorders.

When is Allergy Testing Appropriate?

Testing done by an allergist is generally safe and effective for adults and children of all ages. The allergen extracts or vaccines used in allergy tests performed by allergists meet U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requirements.

Symptoms which usually prompt an allergist to perform testing include:

  • Respiratory: itchy eyes, nose or throat; nasal congestion, runny nose, watery eyes, chest congestion, cough or wheezing
  • Skin: itchiness or eczema
  • Abdominal: vomiting or cramping and diarrhea consistently after eating certain foods
  • Severe reactions to stinging insect stings (other than swelling at the site of the sting)
  • Anaphylaxis (pronounced an-a-fi-LAK-sis): a serious allergic reaction that affects many parts of the body at the same time

It is important that allergy testing is directed by a healthcare professional with sufficient allergy/immunology training and prompted by your medical history.

Types of Allergy Tests

Different allergens bother different people, so your allergist will determine which test is the best for you. Regardless of the type of test, an allergist will first perform a physical examination and ask questions about your symptoms to determine if allergy testing is warranted.

AMLHere at Platinum Medical Group of Arizona we strive to create a stress free allergy testing experience and provide in detail, a plan of action to each individual, to ensure they know the ins and outs of their allergies.

PMGAZ works with ALLETESS, a Medical Lab that tests many different full range panels of tests from a single serum sample. Using advanced diagnostic technology, we will quantify the levels of specific antibodies in your blood serum to identify the degree and extent of your allergies or sensitivities. We can also test for other conditions such as Celiac Disease, Chemical or Mold Sensitivity.

PMGAZ and Alletess work hand in hand in creating Customized Wellness Programs and nutrition Plans to help the individual understand their allergies and educate the client in how to properly use or eliminate the allergens.

WHAT TYPE OF TESTING IS DONE ?

Blood Tests: This test involves drawing blood, so results are not available as rapidly as with skin tests. IgE blood tests are generally used when skin tests might be unsafe or won’t work, such as if you are taking certain medications, or have a skin condition that may interfere with skin testing.

WHAT IS ALLETESS?

Alletess Medical Laboratory has been a leader in the field of allergy and immunology testing for over 35 years. We specialize in food and inhalant allergy testing, food sensitivities and other tests to assess the immune system. Alletess Medical provides quality laboratory testing services to physicians and their patients all over the world.

About Alletess Medical Laboratory

Alletess Medical Laboratory has been a leader in the field of allergy and immunology testing for over 35 years. We specialize in food and inhalant allergy testing, food sensitivities and other tests to assess the immune system. Alletess Medical provides quality laboratory testing services to physicians and their patients all over the world. Our commitment to our clients is maintained by a highly knowledgeable staff, cutting edge medical technology, customized wellness plans and by continually providing accurate test results. At Alletess Medical Laboratory we dedicate ourselves to constantly seeking innovative ways to enhance our services and to provide value to our clients. Alletess Medical Laboratory continues to strive for excellence based on our company core values. Allettess Medical Laboratory has a very easy to navigate website with details about what tests they provide and details on Wellness plans and Nutritional Plans

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