Aren’t you ready to find out what’s really causing your sinus condition?
For many people, the recurring experience of sinus infections (chronic sinusitis) can be a real drain on their energy, and their link to allergies are a real concern. Across the country, allergy testing has become increasingly popular as a way to help sinus sufferers overcome their symptoms and get the treatment they desperately seek.
However, the rise in popularity of in-house allergy testing has led many providers to look into different allergy testing types but overlook the importance of providing a comprehensive exam that can determine the root cause of a sinus issue. Some allergy skin test results interpretation does not consider a history of sinus infections. That’s why it's important to “know before you go” - find an allergy specialist that will help you determine the best course of treatment based on your individualized profile.
Do you have a sinus condition? Take our sinus quiz here and continue reading about how to determine if allergies are the core cause of your sinus issues.
What You Should Know About Our Allergy Testing Procedure at South Arizona Sinus
Allergy testing is the process of learning what allergens your body has an allergic reaction to, and the severity of that reaction. Common allergens tested in an allergy blood test include food, pollen, mold, pet dander, and dust mites. Tests are administered by our allergy specialist through a “skin prick”.
Does this allergy testing hurt?
The skin prick test can observe between 40 and 60 allergens by pricking your skin with a small amount of that substance. Your skin’s reaction can reveal if your body is allergic to that allergen.
What can I expect from my visit before I can get my allergy test results?
The allergy discovery process should include the following:
- Your chosen specialist will ask for your entire list of symptoms
- A full exam with CT scan will be performed
- Allergy test recommendations are made
- Skin prick tests are conducted, and the allergy skin test side effects are observed
Results and treatment options are discussed with you to make the most informed decision possible.
Is there available allergy testing near me? Where can I get an allergy test?
As we mentioned above, there has been a rise across the country in physician offices offering allergy testing. Patients who have a history of suffering from sinus conditions are being referred to one of these testing locations instead of their Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) doctor to receive a full exam.
Risks of Having Allergy Testing Outside of Your ENT’s Office
Without a comprehensive exam, the true cause of your sinus condition may be missed. Some patients even forego the intradermal skin test procedure at a specialist’s office in favor of accessing an online allergy test. Regardless of the results of an allergy test, common sinus issues are often caused by structural problems such as nasal polyps, enlarged turbinates or a deviated septum. They can also be caused by enlarged turbinates or other issues that will not show up in any allergy test.
Does insurance cover allergy testing?
Without a full exam done by a professional, there is no way to determine if your condition is not caused by an internal structural problem and not allergies. Skin allergy test cost is not standardized at this time, so from clinic to clinic it can be different. South Arizona Sinus can offer a customized, comprehensive allergy treatment plan that will determine the true cause of your issues and outline how to fix it with our help. Our staff can also assist with insurance procedures to get you the most benefit out of the allergy testing costs.
Allergy Treatments: Providing Long-Term Relief
Once the skin allergy test images are observed your condition is diagnosed by your ENT. If allergies are the primary cause of your issues, your treatment plan may include either allergy shots (immunotherapy) or allergy drops (sublingual immunotherapy - SLIT).
Are there any benefits to receiving Allergy Shots?
Allergy shots (Immunotherapy) are administered through regular shots (1-3 times a week), which helps a patient’s body adapt to small amounts of the allergens their body reacts to. Over time, the body adjusts, and reactions to those allergens reduce and can disappear. While immunotherapy can be an effective treatment for allergies, unfortunately, it is not a treatment for food-related allergies.
Allergy Drops vs Allergy Shots
Allergy drops (Sublingual Immunotherapy or SLIT) are a much more beneficial alternative to allergy shots. Preferred overall by patients, allergy drops can be taken pain-free at home. The drops are placed under the tongue and left to sit for 1-2 minutes before swallowing. Similar to how allergy shots work, your reactions to allergens can reduce and subside with consistent treatment over the course of months or years,
Partner with South Arizona Sinus to ensure you’re receiving the care you want and need from an allergy and ENT specialist that will develop a plan that can help you move past your allergy condition.