Allergies are very common, affecting as many as one out of every five people in the United States. Knowing the allergen causing your allergy symptoms is essential for getting the right treatment. Kamran Jafri, MD PC, in New York City, offers in-office allergy testing to assist in the development of your treatment plan. For an appointment, call the Financial District or Midtown, Manhattan, office, or click the online booking button today.
Allergies refer to a condition in which your immune system overreacts to a substance it considers harmful. You can develop an allergy to anything at any time. However, some allergens are more common than others, such as:
You may be more likely to develop an allergy if they run in your family, or you have a medical history of asthma. Children are also at greater risk of developing allergies.
Your allergy symptoms vary depending on the substance you’re allergic to. Common allergy symptoms include:
In severe cases, your allergy may lead to anaphylaxis, which is a life-threatening condition that requires immediate medical attention. Signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis include difficulty breathing, loss of consciousness, nausea, and vomiting.
At Kamran Jafri, MD PC, in-office allergy skin testing is available to determine the allergen responsible for your symptoms. The test includes 36 of the most common environmental allergens.
You receive specific instructions on how to prepare for your allergy skin test, which may include stopping your allergy medication (antihistamine pills or sprays) one week prior to your test. If you take steroids, you get very specific instructions on how to prepare for the allergy test, so you get the best possible results.
Kamran Jafri, MD PC, is an advanced ENT practice and, instead of needles or skin pricks, your provider uses a special applicator that uses pressure to place the test antigens on your forearms.
After a few minutes, if you have allergies, you develop red bumps on your arms that can be quite itchy, depending on how strongly allergic you are to the particular allergen.
The entire test takes only 20 minutes, and you’re under close observation throughout the entire test to monitor for any adverse reactions. Due to the nature of the test, the risk of a severe or anaphylactic reaction is low, but you do need to remain at the office throughout the entire testing period.
After your skin allergy testing, your provider reviews the results with you that same day and provides a personalized, comprehensive treatment plan to help you get relief from your symptoms. You may continue to experience bumps and itchiness for a short time after your test, but you can get medication to alleviate your discomfort.
To schedule your comprehensive allergy evaluation and testing, call Kamran Jafri, MD PC, or click the online booking button today.