An essential step in treating allergies is identifying which allergens trigger your symptoms. At Texas ENT Specialists in Sugar Land, we want you to feel comfortable and informed throughout the allergy testing process, which is why we encourage you to ask any questions you may have along the way. Allergy testing in Sugar Land determines the causes of your allergies, so we can provide the right treatment plan that addresses your immunotherapy needs. Our Sugar Land office provides food allergy testing, environmental allergy testing, drug allergy testing, and more.
The Allergy Testing Timeline at Texas ENT Specialists in Sugar Land
1 Week Before Testing
You receive an email from our team with a list of medications you should not take before allergy testing. If you have any questions regarding any of the items on our list, you can call our office. If you are experiencing any respiratory illnesses or if you have a history of respiratory issues, please let us know.
1 Day Before Testing
If you have hair on your arms, you will need to shave the area below the shoulder to above the elbow as well as both inner forearms 12 hours before testing. It is crucial that you do not do this on the morning of the test since this may cause skin irritation, which can interfere with allergy testing.
The Day of The Test
- All caffeinated beverages should be avoided before the test
- Take a shower in the morning
- Do not use any scented products, such as perfumes or colognes
- Avoid using any tobacco products for at least four hours before your allergy test
During your allergy testing appointment, your doctor will administer these injections along your arms and wait for a reaction. There will be a substantial amount of time between the injections and when the results are ready to observe, so it is recommended that you bring something along to pass the time, such as a book or a tablet.
Since the allergy tests are administered along the arms, you should wear something that is short-sleeved or something that can easily slide up your shoulder. If there is any reason why you cannot conduct these tests on your arms, such as sleeve tattoos, wear loose shorts that can slide up past your upper thighs.
Young children between the ages of 5 and 7 who have small arms should wear loose-fitting shorts to their appointment.
All patients will have a pulmonary lung function test performed. It will help our team ensure you are not suffering from a lung condition that may put you at high risk throughout the allergy testing process. Tell your doctor if you have asthma, a family history of asthma, or if you are aware of any other lung conditions and if you use inhaled medications.