Find the Actual Cause of Your Sinus Condition
If you’re reacting to allergens, how can you thoroughly enjoy each day?
Allergies complicate life. Not only will you feel stuffed with congestion and empty of energy, you very well may be putting your long-term health and happiness at-risk.
For many sufferers of chronic or recurrent sinusitis (sinus infections) or chronic nasal congestion, allergies are a primary concern. Because of this, allergy testing has exploded in popularity to help those with sinus conditions rise above their symptoms and get the treatment they desperately seek.
However, the rise in allergy testing has led many providers to overlook the importance of providing a comprehensive exam that can determine the root of a sinus issue.Find out about Allergy Treatment Options
What is Allergy Testing?
Allergy testing is the process of learning what allergens your body has an allergic reaction to, and the severity of that reaction. Common allergens tested in an allergy test include food, pollen, mold, pet dander, and dust mites. Tests are administered by an allergy specialist through a “skin prick” or one of many types of blood tests.
A skin prick test can test up to 60 allergens by pricking your skin with a small amount of that substance. Your skin’s reaction can reveal if your body is allergic to that allergen. Whether you’re given a skin prick or blood test, an allergy test may not reveal the full picture of your sinus health.
Asking for your entire list of symptoms
A full exam with CT scan
Allergy test recommendation
Conducting allergy tests
Discussing the results and treatment options with you
The Risks of Having Allergy Testing Outside of Your ENT’s Office
There has been a rise in allergy testing. Testing locations are popping up around the country, and those believed to be suffering from sinus conditions are being referred to a testing location instead of visiting with their Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) doctor to receive a full exam.
Without a full exam, the cause of a sinus condition may be missed. Regardless of the results of an allergy test, sinus issues, including chronic nasal congestion and chronic sinusitis, are often caused by structural problems such as nasal polyps, enlarged turbinates, or a deviated septum. These issues will not show up in any allergy test.
Until you undergo a full exam, there is no way to determine if your condition is not caused by an internal structural problem and not allergies. We can offer you a comprehensive sinus and allergy testing and treatment plan that will determine the true cause of your issues, and outline how to fix it with our help.
How Does Allergy Testing Work?
Before an allergy can be treated, it needs to be tested to discover what the allergy is and the severity of your reaction to it. There are many allergens, which makes testing important to find uncommon and rare allergies that come seemingly come out of nowhere and jeopardize your health.
While there are several types of allergy tests, no test is perfectly accurate. Testing should be conducted by a trained and intuitive allergy specialist.
The specialist will ask you to list and describe your symptoms, perform an exam, and recommend specific tests to see what allergens you react to and if they are allergies or something less concerning, like a light sensitivity to an allergen. Allergy tests seek to discover what allergens you react to, meaning that you will be exposed to a wide variety of common allergens, and you may have one or several allergic reactions from tests. However, testing uses a very small amount of each substance to minimize the impact.
Are sinus symptoms making you miserable?
If what you thought was just cold is still hanging on, and those antibiotics didn’t resolve your sinus pressure and drainage, your symptoms might be due to something more than a cold. You might be struggling with chronic sinusitis.
Find out by taking our sinus quiz.Take the quiz today!
Are allergies making you miserable? Don’t risk your health and happiness. Get the allergy testing and diagnosis you need.
Don’t settle for an ineffective test that won’t bring you long-term relief. Partner with Dr. Monty Trimble and Dallas Breathe Free to ensure you’re receiving the care you want and need from an allergy and ENT specialist that will develop a plan that can help you move past your allergy condition.
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Please Note: Every patient is unique, and your results may vary.