Allergy Testing

Allergy Testing

Allergy Testing services offered in Houston, TX

If you struggle with ongoing sneezing, watery eyes, or congestion due to allergies, see the specialists at AZ Health and Wellness Clinic in Houston, Texas. Experienced nurse practitioner ​​Khaula Mehdi Raza, AGPC, NP, and the team offer allergy testing and treatments for adults. Call the office to schedule testing, or use the online booking tab today.

Allergy Testing Q&A

What is allergy testing?

Allergy testing includes diagnostic tests that screen for allergic reactions or how your body reacts to exposure to specific substances (allergens). Common forms of allergy testing include patch testing, skin prick tests, blood tests, and breathing tests that screen for asthma. AZ Health and Wellness Clinic offers blood testing. 

Knowing if you have allergies or asthma means you can receive the treatment required for symptom relief. 

What are common allergens?

Common allergens include the following:

  • Certain foods
  • Dust mites
  • Mold
  • Pollen
  • Pet dander
  • Some medicines
  • Latex

You might be allergic to more than one allergen; the symptoms may be mild, moderate, severe, or even life-threatening.

Why might I need allergy testing?

Schedule allergy testing at AZ Health and Wellness Clinic if you have bothersome symptoms of allergies, asthma, or both. Examples include the following:

  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Wheezing
  • Nasal congestion
  • Runny nose
  • Coughing
  • Hives
  • Rash
  • Facial or throat swelling
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty breathing

Severe allergies can even be fatal. Allergy testing offers information regarding which allergens your body negatively reacts to. 

Khaula determines which allergy testing is best after discussing your medical history, lifestyle, medications, and symptoms. She also listens to your breathing, checks your vital signs, and completes a physical exam.

What happens during allergy blood testing?

During allergy blood testing, Khaula tests a blood sample for specific antibodies that may indicate allergies. 

Though blood testing can accurately identify allergens, it’s not routinely used because skin prick tests give such quick results. You may need a blood test if you can’t have a skin prick test due to a skin condition such as eczema or if you’re at risk of developing a severe reaction to the allergens in the skin prick test.

What should I expect after allergy testing?

After you complete allergy testing, Khaula establishes a diagnosis and determines which treatment, if any, you’re a candidate for. She may recommend oral allergy medications, nasal sprays, eye drops, allergy shots, allergy avoidance, or an inhaler. Some people should carry an epinephrine pen (shot) with them in case of a severe allergic reaction.

To schedule allergy testing at AZ Health and Wellness Clinic, call the office or book an appointment online today.