Living with allergies can significantly impact your overall health and well-being. At The Wellness Center PDX, we offer comprehensive allergy testing services to help identify and diagnose the specific allergies affecting you.
Allergies can arise from various environmental factors. While food allergies, dust allergies, skin allergies, insect sting allergies, and pet allergies are commonly known, there are other lesser-known allergens such as medications, mold, latex, cockroaches, and eye or nose allergies. Identifying and narrowing down your allergies is crucial for preventing severe reactions and ensuring appropriate emergency treatment.
At The Wellness Center PDX, we conduct thorough allergy testing using advanced techniques. Our experienced specialists employ both blood tests and skin tests to detect allergens. Skin tests involve carefully pricking the surface of your skin on the back or arm with a small amount of suspected allergen. The test area is then observed for any signs of redness or skin irritation, indicating an allergic reaction. In some cases, a second skin test may be recommended, where the allergen is injected into the skin or arm.
The duration for receiving allergy test results depends on the type of test performed. Skin allergy tests typically yield results within 20 minutes, based on the observed skin reaction to the allergen. On the other hand, blood tests may take a few days, especially if skin testing is not possible due to certain medications or age factors. Blood tests are also preferred for individuals with severe skin conditions like psoriasis or eczema, or when an allergen can trigger a potentially dangerous reaction.