Itchy, watery eyes and persistent sneezing may be the first indication you have allergies. At I & R Medical Services, P.C., in Forest Hills, New York, Dr. Roza and Dr. Igor Israel offer comprehensive allergy testing, including skin tests and blood work, to help alleviate allergy symptoms fast and effectively. Stop living with chronic allergy symptoms and schedule a testing appointment online or by phone.
The most common symptoms of allergies include:
In some cases, you may suffer from frequent headaches due to your allergies.
Skin tests provide faster results than blood tests. Dr. Roza and Dr. Igor Israel often perform skin tests first to determine what type of allergies you have.
This type of testing can confirm allergies to:
Skin tests can also confirm allergic reactions to certain foods and medications.
There are two types of skin tests. In the most common form of testing, Dr. Roza or Dr. Igor Israel pricks the surface of your skin, usually on your back or forearm, with a potential allergen. They may also inject a possible allergen into your skin.
If you have an allergy, your skin turns red and swells. Indications of allergies typically appear within 20 minutes of testing. In some cases, you may have a delayed response to skin testing, with swelling and redness appearing several hours after your skin test.
Dr. Roza or Dr. Igor Israel may recommend a blood test to determine if you have allergies. Blood testing may be necessary if you take medication that can interfere with the results of a skin test. You may also need blood testing for allergies if you have a skin condition, such as eczema or psoriasis, that makes skin testing impossible.
If you do need a blood test, results will take several days to come back from the lab before Dr. Roza or Dr. Igor Israel can confirm an allergy.
Once Dr. Roza or Dr. Igor Israel determines what you’re allergic to, they create a custom treatment plan that may include immunotherapy or medications.
Immunotherapy is a preventive treatment option that involves giving you increasing doses of your allergen to reduce your immune system’s sensitivity. This kind of treatment can reduce your body’s reaction to things like pollen and dust.
Dr. Roza and Dr. Igor Israel can also provide medications to help control your allergy symptoms. These medications often include antihistamines, decongestants, and corticosteroids. They determine which option is best for you based on your medical history, the severity of your allergy, and other factors.
Learn more about available allergy testing by booking an appointment online or calling I & R Medical Services, P.C.