More than 50 million people have allergic reactions to certain foods or materials in the United States. The ones who are aware of their allergic reactions to certain substances might not realize that there are other things they might be allergic to as well. The best way to find out about your allergies is with allergy testing.
Dangers of Allergic Reactions
Most of us have heard of the allergic reactions many have to pollen during the Spring season. These allergic reactions are usually not serious and involve stuffed noses, coughing, sneezing and watery eyes. An over-the-counter allergy medicine will often do the trick.
Allergic reactions to other substances including foods and chemicals can be quite more severe, and even life-threatening. When your body perceives an unwanted substance or food inside your body, it overproduces antibodies along with other chemicals to destroy this perceived invader. This is what causes the allergic reaction.
Some cases of allergic reactions can be life-threatening. One of these life-threatening allergic reactions is called anaphylaxis. This kind of reaction is most common when you are allergic to insect bites, medications, foods and even latex.
Seriousness of Anaphylactic Reactions
When an anaphylactic reaction occurs, it can happen in many places in the body, making it harder to treat. It almost always requires immediate medical attention. A rush to an emergency room is quite necessary so that a shot of a drug called epinephrine can be given to the patient. If the treatment is not of an adequate type, the patient may die from the allergic reaction.
Allergy Testing Basics
Allergy tests are actually very simple and can help you to avoid so many health-related problems and complications. They are mostly skin-oriented. Some of the most common types of tests are the skin prick test and the allergy patch test.
At Rao Dermatology, we offer the allergy patch test as an effective way for our patients to learn more information about their allergies. This test can help our team determine which allergens cause reactions in your body so that they can help you avoid these substances in the future.
It doesn’t take much time to get in touch with our team at Rao Dermatology to schedule allergy testing. It can save you so much time and frustration and can actually save your life in the long run. For your convenience, we have offices in Manhattan, Atlantic Highlands, Woodbridge, Fresno and Hanford. Contact us today to schedule a consultation for allergy testing.