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Allergy Testing In Miami & Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Allergies are the WORST!

Imagine this: you’re enjoying a delightful dinner party on your friends’ patio. The food, the drinks, the conversation have all been outstanding.

Then, right between the post-dinner discussion and dessert, the sneezing, itching and stuffy nose starts. Your eyes water; it’s hard to breathe. Yep... you’ve just had your amazing evening ruined by allergies. Allergies can affect you all year long; in the spring when plants are flowering, and in the winter when you spend most of your time indoors. You know the symptoms, itchy watery eyes, runny nose, and sneezing. And even if you haven’t had them before, they can come out of nowhere. The first thing you must do is have allergy testing to find out exactly what triggers your allergies. Then you can be treated to reduce your symptoms and improve your life. A visit to an allergist such as Dr. Sina Joorabchi can save the season for anyone in Miami or Ft. Lauderdale area (he’s in Pembroke Pines, FL).

What Is an Allergy Test?

Testing for allergies is a process that tries to identify the thing (or things) that make your body overreact. Our immune systems have a built-in response to environmental triggers, and that’s usually a good thing — it helps protect us from potential dangers and poisons.

Sometimes this reaction goes a little overboard or gets sparked by things that aren’t dangerous — things like pollen, pet hair, or peanuts. And while it’s usually just annoying and inconvenient, sometimes it’s this overreaction that can be deadly. That makes it extremely important to find out what it is exactly that’s causing your body to respond so extremely. That’s where allergy tests come in.

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How do I Know If I Need an Allergy Test?

If the story about the dinner party sounds at all familiar, you should get an allergy test. Almost everything has the potential to be an allergen, so identifying the cause of your reaction can require expertise. Also, our bodies have a variety of ways of responding to triggers, so allergies can look as different as the people experiencing them. However, there are a few more common symptoms. Your allergist is likely to recommend allergy testing if you exhibit:

  • Itchy skin, a rash, or eczema
  • Itchy eyes, nose, and throat
  • Nasal congestion, runny nose, and watery eyes
  • Coughing, wheezing, or chest congestion
  • Cramping, diarrhea, or vomiting after eating certain foods
  • A severe response to an insect sting or bite

What Will an Allergy Test Do For Me?

By conducting an allergy test for you, Dr. Joorabchi can pinpoint exactly what is triggering your allergies and design a treatment to help you get them under control.

So if you’ve had an allergic reaction recently and aren’t sure what the cause was - you should get tested. Or perhaps you know you have certain allergies, but don’t know if your child needs to be careful of the same things? In that case, it’s a good idea to have them tested soon. Accurately identifying your particular allergy triggers can work wonders. You’ll know what to avoid, but it could also save your (or your child’s) life.

Unknown severe allergies to relatively rare things (i.e., bee stings, jellyfish stings, poison ivy) can turn a simply painful experience into a tragic event. Peace of mind can come just from knowing what to watch out for, and Dr. Joorabchi can help you find it.

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Could I Have a Dangerous Reaction to the Test?

It is theoretically possible to have a severe reaction (called an “anaphylactic reaction”) to the test, but it’s extremely unlikely.

The tests use only a tiny fraction of the amount of allergen you’d usually encounter in everyday life. While it is possible to have a severe reaction to such a small dose, the risk of that happening is extremely low. If that were going to happen, being in a doctor’s office where emergency intervention is readily available is a very safe place to be. Again, it’s unlikely you’ll have a severe reaction to the test, but if it does happen, you are in the right place to receive appropriate care.

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How Does an Allergy Test Work?

An allergy test is a series of tests to identify your allergens. It is a process-of-elimination system that exposes you — in a safe and controlled way — to different potential triggers to see what causes your allergy response. There are different types of allergy testing, designed to test for different allergens depending on what you might be allergic to. Common allergy tests used by Dr. Joorabchi include:

  • Skin testing — A small amount of allergen is injected into your skin. You may see a small rash or minor swelling within 20 minutes, indicating an allergy to the substance, or you may see no response at all, indicating no allergy.
  • Patch Testing - A large sticker is placed on your back for 48 hours. The results provide Dr. Joorabchi information on chemical allergies, such as latex, jewelry, skin creams, etc.
  • Blood tests — Your blood will be drawn and sent to a laboratory. This test takes a little longer than a skin test and is used if you have a skin condition that might make skin testing inaccurate.
  • Challenge tests — You inhale or ingest a small amount of allergen; this is used mostly to diagnose allergies to foods or medications.

The different tests work in different ways, but they all perform the same basic function. That is, they expose your body to tiny amounts of potential triggers to see if your immune system jumps into action.

What Happens After My Allergy Test?

Once Dr. Joorabchi has identified what triggers your allergies, he can try several treatments to reduce your symptoms.

Because your body is unique, your treatment will need to be customized to accurately and effectively interact with your immune system. Potential treatments include allergy shots which are given weekly or by sublingual drop therapy which you administer yourself in your home for a specified period. If you don’t feel better right away, that’s reasonably normal. Many treatment options exist, so Dr. Joorabchi will recommend alternate methods until you have found a treatment that works for you or your child.

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How Can I Schedule My Allergy Test?

Ready to say “so long” to those allergy meds? You can start the journey to an allergy-free lifestyle today! To schedule an appointment with Dr. Joorabchi at his clinic in Pembroke Pines, all you have to do is fill out the request form at the bottom of this page. Or you can give us a call at (954) 438-7171. We look forward to getting to know you and helping you live your best life now!

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