Allergy Testing And Immunotherapy

The Family Docs

Jeanne-Elyse Gray Cedeno, MD, PA

Family Medicine Physician located in Pembroke Pines, FL

According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology, as many as 50 million Americans have some type of allergy. For those in and around Pembroke Pines, Florida, Jeanne-Elyse Cedeno, MD, PA, offers allergy testing and immunology services at The Family Docs. Determining your allergies and sensitivities is the first step in building a tolerance to those substances, so book an appointment online or by phone today to get started.

Allergy Testing and Immunotherapy Q & A

What are allergies?

An allergy occurs when your immune system perceives a substance as potentially harmful and launches a reaction. Antibodies are produced to respond to the allergen, and you’ll likely continue to react every time a new exposure occurs. 

This can be a devastating cycle, especially if your allergy triggers are common in your environment. Finding relief is important to your overall health and wellness, and it’s an area of specialty at The Family Docs.  

What are some common allergens?

There are many substances that can provoke an allergic reaction. Some of the more common allergens include:

  • Certain medications
  • Latex
  • Mold
  • Pollen
  • Certain foods
  • Pet dander, saliva, or urine
  • Insect bites or stings
  • Household chemicals

This is far from a comprehensive list. Many substances can trigger an allergic reaction, and it’s possible to develop new allergies over time. 

What is allergy testing?

Allergy testing is a process that determines which substances provoke an allergic reaction. Some tests work by drawing a small blood sample and sending it to a lab for testing. 

A more common approach is a skin test. This type of allergy testing works by introducing potential allergens into your skin through a shallow injection or a simple skin prick. If your body launches an allergic response, your skin will show redness or other signs of a reaction within about 20 minutes.

Many potential allergens can be tested at the same time. If a localized allergic reaction occurs, you might experience a small area of bumps and itching, similar to a mosquito bite.    

What is allergy immunotherapy?

Allergy immunotherapy is the process of training your immune system to respond less aggressively to allergens. This approach can be quite effective and can help you enjoy your life more fully. 

The process is relatively simple. You’ll receive minute doses of the allergen(s) that trigger the strongest reactions. Every time you return to The Family Docs, you’ll receive a slightly stronger dose. This therapy trains your body to be less allergic to the triggering substance. Over time, you’ll find that real-life exposure to those allergens doesn’t cause the same allergic response. 

If you’d like to learn more about allergy testing or immunotherapy, schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience. You can book a visit online or over the phone, so don’t delay.