To determine your specific allergic triggers and the customized formula to treat them, Texas Ear, Nose & Throat performs allergy testing using the skin on the arm — widely considered to be the most accurate method. Some medical conditions or clinical situations may require other methods.
An allergy skin test involves applying small amounts of antigens such as dust and pollen into the skin, and identifying the allergic response. Most patients do not experience discomfort or pain with this combination of prick and intradermal testing.
Prior to testing, our team will contact you to discuss your medical history and current medications. Certain medications can interfere with testing accuracy, and should be discontinued.
Despite the name, there are no needles in prick testing, which uses a multi-prong device to place 10 different allergens simultaneously into the skin. We test for a total of 38 allergens; after application, we wait 20 minutes to identify the responses.
If prick testing is inconclusive, intradermal testing is used, which involves a small injection given under the skin.
Texas Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists uses the protocol for allergy testing approved by the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy (AAOA).
At Texas ENT Specialists, we review your allergy testing results and provide treatment recommendations in the same visit, saving you additional trips to the office. Our team prides itself on answering all of your questions so you can leave fully informed and ready to begin the path to allergy relief.