Did you know? Allergies are the 6th leading cause of chronic illness in the U.S. with more than 50 million Americans experiencing various types of allergies each year. Identifying and treating allergies can lead to a healthier, symptom-free way of life.
Allergy symptoms occur when your immune system overreacts to an allergen—something that usually is harmless, such as plant pollen, dust mites, molds, insect stings or food. Exposure to allergens at times when the body’s defenses are weak, such as after an illness or during pregnancy, also may play a role in developing allergies. Allergies can occur at any age and you can acquire new allergies at any time in your life, even if you have not had any previous symptoms. Sometimes allergies go away, but they also can come back years later.
Whether you are dealing with the frustration of seasonal allergies, mild to severe asthma symptoms, or potential food allergies, Affiliated Dermatology® can help. Our Phoenix allergy testing is available across all our Valley offices, providing a convenient option for patients throughout the region.
Our allergy specialists offer several different options for allergy testing and solutions to help determine allergic reactions. Some tests detect immediate allergic reactions, which develop within minutes of exposure to an allergen while other tests detect delayed allergic reactions, which develop over a period of several days.
We address a vast number of food and airborne allergens, such as seasonal allergies, hay fever, eczema, rashes, blisters, hives, pet hair, and animal dander, pollens, dust and much more. Some tests detect immediate allergic reactions, which develop within minutes of exposure to an allergen while other tests detect delayed allergic reactions, which develop over a period of several days. Conditions we treat:
Your allergy treatment plan may include medications, immunotherapy, changes to your work or home environment, or dietary changes. With test results that identify your allergens and a treatment plan to help you take control, you’ll be able to reduce or eliminate allergy signs and symptoms.
Depending on your specific needs, various allergy testing options exist.
The most common method for allergy testing is prick skin allergy testing, also known as an allergy scratch test:
A small disposable device is used to perform an allergy test on the back skin (or the skin on the forearms), first applying each allergy extract to the skin’s surface and then gently scratching or pricking the skin.
Each test site is evaluated, with any hive/raised bump carefully measured.
We can then identify your specific allergies, allowing us to provide personalized allergy treatments and help you achieve effective relief.
Patch testing is another available method designed to measure hypersensitivities to specific metals, chemicals, and other substances:
A customized patch or strip of substances is applied to the back.
You will return to the office after 48 hours to evaluate potential reactions.
A second evaluation takes place 72 hours after the initial application.
We can then determine which substances trigger a hypersensitivity reaction and recommend the appropriate treatment options.
Some of the most common allergy-testing extracts are animals, grasses, trees, weeds, molds, and house dust. The Affiliated Dermatology® team will plan a customized approach based on your unique needs and goals.
If it’s time for you to live life clearly, give us a call and schedule your allergy appointment! Whether you wish to receive testing or treatment for allergies, you can be assured that you will be treated with professional and personal care by one of our allergy experts. Please feel free to call us at (480) 556-0446 or leave us a message.
Skin patch testing is an accurate method for testing for allergic skin irritation (contact dermatitis), offering the ability to test for allergies to 36 different substances. With allergy patch testing, you can safely and reliably assess your sensitivity to substances such as latex, fragrances, medications, hair dyes, preservatives, chemicals, and resins. It is an effective way to diagnose the causes of allergic contact dermatitis so that you can easily eliminate products containing specific irritants. Read More
Allergy-induced asthma is the most common type worldwide, affecting about 60% of people with asthma. Understanding your unique triggers is important to your health and safety if you have allergic asthma. We provide allergy asthma testing to identify the allergens that induce your symptoms, so you can more effectively manage your asthma and reduce attacks as much as possible. Read More
Allergy injection testing, also known as an intradermal allergy test, can be ideal for individuals interested in checking their response to a specific allergen. It only takes about 15 minutes to complete this type of allergy test. We also provide allergy shots (allergen immunotherapy) as a long-term treatment. Allergy shot treatments are often one component of a comprehensive, customized plan to reduce or eliminate your symptoms. Read More
As part of your allergy treatment plan, our practitioners can provide you with prescriptions for various allergy and asthma medications as needed. Based on your symptoms and needs, we will recommend either over-the-counter or prescription medications, with options including antihistamines, corticosteroids, decongestants, combination drugs, and others. Read More
Whether you wish to receive treatment for a skin condition or an aesthetic procedure, you can be assured you will be treated with professional and personal care by one of our skin care experts. Please feel free to call us at (480) 556-0446 or leave us a message online using our Contact Us form.