What to Expect During Your Allergy Testing Appointment

Before allergy testing begins, we will conduct a control test to ensure the accuracy of your results. If your skin has a normal reaction to the test, we will proceed by injecting you with small amounts of allergens along your arms and wait for a reaction. However, if you still have medication in your body, you may have an abnormal reaction to the control test and will have to reschedule. Testing can be completed within 2 to 2 hours.

Get Prepared for Your Allergy Tests

Beta-blockers can interfere with the accuracy of allergy tests, which is why we ask that you refrain from taking these a week before your appointment. That said, before you stop any of these medications, you must check with the prescribing doctor to see if it is safe to do so, or if there is another class of medications you can take temporarily, until after your testing is completed.

Conditions Allergy Testing Can Reveal

  • Allergy symptoms triggered by elements in the environment
  • Allergy symptoms triggered by pollen
  • Allergy symptoms triggered by dust mites

What Are the Benefits of Allergy Testing?

  • You will know which allergens are causing your symptoms
  • You will have answers within a few hours
  • Your doctor can develop a more tailored treatment plan

The Allergy Testing Timeline at Texas ENT Specialists in The Woodlands

1 Week Before Testing

A week before your appointment, you can expect to receive an email from our team with a list of medications you should avoid. If you have questions about the medications on this list, do not hesitate to contact our office. At this point, you should also inform us of any respiratory illnesses you may have or if you have had any notable respiratory complaints in the past.

1 Day Before Testing

Patients with substantial arm hair will have to shave these areas, so we can properly observe their skin’s reaction to the injected allergens. We recommend that you do this at least 12 hours before your allergy tests since skin irritation will interfere with this process.

The Day of The Test

  • Shower before your appointment
  • Avoid your morning coffee or any other caffeinated beverages
  • Do not apply or spray yourself with any scented products
  • For at least four hours before your appointment, do not use any tobacco products 

Your allergy testing appointment will take a couple of hours to complete. Much of this time is spent waiting to observe the reactions your skin has to the injected allergens. 

Be prepared for your appointment by wearing short-sleeved or loose-sleeved clothing. For those who cannot test their arms, wear a loose pair of shorts that can easily slide up past your upper thighs.

If the allergy test is for your child and they are between the ages of 5 and 7 or have small arms, dress them in a pair of loose shorts.

Lastly, we will begin your appointment with a pulmonary lung function test to check for any lung conditions that can potentially put your health and well-being at risk during this process. Let us know if you suffer from asthma or take inhaled medications.

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