Allergy symptoms are often similar to and/or coincide with other medical conditions. For this reason, it is imperative to have an accurate diagnosis so that a comprehensive treatment plan can be initiated.
The St. Louis Sinus Center undergoes thorough steps to establish a diagnosis, which includes:
- Gathering your detailed medical history.
- Performing a thorough examination of your ears, nose, throat and head.
- Conducting an Endoscopy to determine if infection and/or structural abnormalities (deviated septum or polyps) are contributing to your symptoms.
- Completing an allergy test to confirm allergies and measure severity.
Two types of allergy tests:
- Modified Quantitative Testing (MQT) or Skin Prick Testing – This is the most common type of allergy test and is performed at the St. Louis Sinus Center. With skin testing, we expose your skin to a variety of allergens and then observe for a reaction. Based on this test, we can rule in/out allergies, determine which specific allergen is the cause and measure the severity levels of each. The results from this test are vital to providing a customized treatment plan.
- ImmunoCAP Testing – As an alternative to MQT, ImmunoCAP is a simple blood test which measures sensitivities