Tustin Longevity Center offers both integrative and preventative therapies to their patients who live in the Tustin, California area. The facility offers allergy testing and personalized treatment plans to meet the need of each patient.
Allergy Testing Q & A
What is Involved in Allergy Testing?
Allergy testing involves several different elements. First, it involves trying to discover what types of allergens are causing the problem. The next step is choosing the right testing method. The scratch test is the most common. There are also tests that produce the same results without the use of needles. When food allergies are considered, the doctor can choose from the scratch test or an elimination test which involves removing multiple foods from the diet and then re-introducing them one at a time to determine which ones will cause a reaction. Once the allergens are determined, the next step is deciding what treatment plan will work best for each patient.
How are Allergies Treated Once They are Identified?
When a person experiences an allergy, the symptoms are treated with over the counter allergy medications. To prevent allergy attacks in the future, the doctor will create a blend of injectable serums made from the allergens the caused a reaction on the patient. The allergy shots are given on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. Another way of treating allergies involves the use of oral immunotherapy drops that are put under the tongue. The drops are easily absorbed into the tissues and begin to build the body's resistance to the known allergens without the use of injections. Each type of therapy works quite well and is extremely effective at reducing the patient's allergic reactions.
What Types of Allergy Testing are Available?
Allergy testing takes many forms. The conventional scratch method can be extremely uncomfortable but provides proven results. The AllergiEnd® allergy testing system is also extremely effective and uses no needles or scratches to identify the known irritants. When it comes to foods, the testing can be slightly more difficult. Allergic reactions to certain foods can lead to anaphylaxis which is a closing off of the airway. Anytime allergy testing is performed, the doctor must take great care to closely monitor the patient's reaction to each type of allergen. While some tests are more sensitive than others, the doctor should choose the method that most benefits the patient.