Testing Is Essential For A Diagnosis
If you suspect allergies are causing your symptoms, it is important to establish an accurate diagnosis. Steps necessary to establish a diagnosis are:
- Gathering your detailed medical history.
- Conducting a thorough examination of your ears, nose, throat and head.
- Evaluating your sinuses to determine if infection and/or structural abnormality (deviated septum or polyps) is contributing to your symptoms.
- Completing an allergy test to confirm allergies and measure severity. There are two types of allergy tests:
Skin Prick Testing – The most common type of diagnostic allergy test. With skin testing, we expose your skin to a variety of allergens and then observe for a reaction
ImmunoCAP or RAST (blood test)–This simple test is also very reliable at determining allergic sensitivities.