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Allergy Testing Specialist

Pleasanton Allergy and Dermatology

Dermatologists & Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology Specialists located in Pleasanton, CA

Does it feel like you always have a runny nose and cough? Do you frequently get itchy rashes but don’t know why? You may have allergies. Board-certified physician Farinaz Farrahi, MD, at Pleasanton Allergy and Dermatology in Pleasanton, California, offers allergy testing and can help you get the answers you need to explain your symptoms. To schedule your allergy testing, call the office or book online today.

Allergy Testing Q & A

What is allergy testing?

Allergy testing is a medical procedure that identifies the allergens causing your allergy symptoms. Allergens are substances your immune system considers harmful. When you come in contact with them, your immune system triggers an allergic reaction.

Pleasanton Allergy and Dermatology offers allergy testing to help you find the substance causing your allergic reaction so you can take steps to avoid the allergen and minimize or alleviate your symptoms.  

Who benefits from allergy testing?

Pleasanton Allergy and Dermatology specializes in allergy, immunology, and asthma and may recommend allergy testing if you’re experiencing allergy symptoms. 

Common allergy symptoms that benefit from allergy testing include:

  • Itchy or watery eyes
  • Runny nose or constant nasal congestion
  • Persistent sore throat
  • Chest tightness
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Hives
  • Eczema

Pleasanton Allergy and Dermatology also recommends allergy testing if you’ve had an anaphylactic reaction, which is a life-threatening allergic reaction that causes difficulty breathing and loss of consciousness. 

What are the types of allergy testing?

There are many types of allergy testing. Your provider at Pleasanton Allergy and Dermatology determines the best allergy testing for you based on your age and the suspected allergens. 

Allergy testing options include:

Prick technique

The prick technique, also called skin testing, is the most common allergy testing method. During this allergy test, your allergist places a small amount of the suspected allergens on your skin (usually your arm or back) and closely monitors for a reaction.

If you’re allergic to the substance, you may develop a red, itchy bump at the site of the skin prick. Results are usually seen within 15-20 minutes and subside within 30 minutes. 

Intradermal allergy testing

If the results of your skin prick testing are inconclusive, your allergist may suggest intradermal allergy testing. During this test, the suspected allergen is placed under your skin, where you may be more likely to get a reaction. 

Challenge testing

Your allergist may suggest challenge testing if you’re allergic to food or medication. During a challenge test, your allergist introduces a small amount of the allergen into your system under your tongue, orally, or through inhalation. 

Blood test

Blood tests are also available for allergy testing. However, it can take longer to get results from a blood test. A blood allergy test may be preferred if you have a severe skin condition such as eczema or psoriasis.

Pleasanton Allergy and Dermatology specializes in diagnosing and treating allergies. To schedule your allergy testing consultation, call the office or book online today.