Allergies are more than a nuisance. Watery eyes and sneezing at peak hay fever season are one thing, but anaphylactic shock in response to a bee sting is another. If you want to take control of your allergies and know your triggers, come to Carolina Ear Nose and Throat Clinic in Orangeburg. Allergists, Dr. John Ansley and Dr. Rocco Cassone, perform allergy testing, set treatment plans, and educate patients on their allergies.
FAQs on allergy testing
How can my doctor know I have allergies and what they are?
Your Orangeburg allergist will listen to your symptoms. This is an very important aspect of your evaluation. Most people exhibit mild to severe (and everything in between) signs that their immune systems are super-sensitive to factors in the environment--things such as insect vectors, dust, food, animal dander, pollen, smoke, drugs, and more. Testing introduces small samples of suspected allergy triggers to the patient, and the physician notes the reaction and its severity.
Why can't my primary care physician test me for allergies?
A board-certified otolaryngologist with specialized training in allergies is the best source for testing, diagnosis, and treatment of allergies. They have the expertise and the experience to decipher the complexities of a person's response to triggers which are unique to them, their household and their work environment. An allergist helps the patient live a full and active life and manage symptoms successfully with the least invasive intervention possible.
Do allergy tests hurt?
Discomfort is very minor, and the tests yield accurate results quickly, says the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. They are performed right at Carolina Ear Nose and Throat and are fully monitored by Dr. Ansley or Dr. Cassone. So, you know you'll be safe and get the best analysis of your body's reactions.
What kinds of testing are there?
There are a few. One involves basic blood work. Another is called a puncture test, and a third is the intradermal test.
The puncture, or prick, test is very common and introduces tiny amounts of suspected allergens under the skin. Raised bumps called wheals indicate you are allergic to the particular substance.
The intradermal test uses a needle to inject larger amounts of allergen under the skin. The reactions are interpreted by the doctor.
Finally, some people undergo challenge testing. This kind of test is monitored very carefully as the patient is asked to consume or sniff suspected allergens.
What do the results of my tests show?
They show what you are sensitive to and how sensitive you are. Your allergist will work with you to determine treatment through over the counter medications, trigger avoidance, prescriptions or other ways to keep your symptoms from affecting your health and quality of life.
Why not contact Carolina Ear Nose Throat Clinic for a consultation with one of our wonderful allergy specialists? They'll guide you through everything. Call the Orangeburg, SC, location at (803) 536-5511, and for the Walterboro office, phone (843) 549-1720.