Primary Care Physicians & ADD Testing located in Las Vegas, NV & Henderson, NV
Did you know that allergies are the sixth leading cause of chronic illness in the United States? More than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies every year, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. At the Doctors Center in Las Vegas, Dr. Leo Capobianco helps his patients find relief from allergies with a range of effective treatments. Call or book online to visit the Doctors Center and kick your allergies.
Allergy Testing and Treatment Q & A
What causes allergies?
An allergy is a condition where your body overreacts to a foreign substance that is typically harmless (allergens). Your body releases a chemical caused histamine to combat these allergens.
The release of histamine causes the most common allergy-related symptoms, such as sneezing, headaches, runny nose, and skin rash.
How does an allergy skin test work?
Allergy skin tests produce fast results and are a popular choice for allergy testing. There are two types of allergy skin tests: a scratch test (or a percutaneous test) and an intradermal test.
During a scratch test, Dr. Capobianco gently applies a diluted allergen with a puncture on the surface of your skin. If the results of the scratch test are negative and your skin doesn’t show a reaction, you may need an intradermal test.
During an intradermal test, Dr. Capobianco uses a thin needle to inject the diluted allergen immediately below the surface of your skin.
Dr. Capobianco monitors the area for around 15 minutes to determine your reaction regardless of which test he conducts.
How does an allergy blood test work?
Allergy blood tests measure the amount of antibodies in your blood that are specific to certain allergens. An allergy blood test can identify several allergens, including:
- Pet dander
Dr. Capobianco might recommend an allergy blood test if:
- Your skin overreacts and isn’t suitable for skin testing
- You have a skin condition that could interfere with skin testing
- You can’t tolerate the minor needle scratches necessary for skin testing
Blood testing is an excellent way for Dr. Capobianco to monitor how well your allergy treatments or immunotherapy are working.
What are the available treatments for allergies?
Treatments for allergies include:
- Prescription medications
- Over-the-counter medications
- Allergy shots and immunotherapy
There are steps you can take at home, too; for example, if your test shows a mold allergy, you should ensure your home is mold-free. You can also apply specific lifestyle changes like using air filters and avoiding your triggers whenever possible.
Dr. Capobianco might recommend allergy testing to reveal the triggers of your allergy symptoms and help determine the right course of treatment for you.
Call or book online to find allergy relief with the Doctors Center.