As specialists in allergies, asthma, and immunodeficiency diseases, the experienced doctors at Premier Allergy and Asthma offer on-site diagnostic procedures to verify the underlying cause of your symptoms and guide your individualized treatment. To schedule a thorough evaluation of your symptoms, including diagnostic procedures, use the online booking feature or call one of the offices in Dublin, Westerville, Canal Winchester, Lancaster, Marysville, Delaware, New Albany, Hilliard, Grove City, and Grandview, Ohio.
While your symptoms and medical history may clearly point to allergies, they don’t reveal which one of the many possible substances trigger your allergies. The best treatment is only possible when your allergens are identified through allergy testing. You also can’t receive immunotherapy or allergy shots until you’re tested.
The diagnostic procedures used to identify allergens include:
The team at Premier Allergy and Asthma offers skin testing without needles. Instead, your provider uses a small plastic device that applies tiny amounts of allergens to your skin with a quick scratch or prick that lets the allergens get through your skin. If you’re allergic to one or more of the substances, that spot develops a skin reaction in 15-20 minutes.
A patch test is used when your symptoms suggest a contact allergen such as poison ivy. Your doctor applies a patch containing a variety of allergens to the skin on your back. After you wear the patch for two days, you go back to the office so your doctor can check for skin reactions such as bumps and swelling. Then you wear the patch an additional 3-4 days because some substances cause delayed reactions.
Your doctor may recommend a blood test to identify allergens when you can’t have a skin test or the results of your skin test are uncertain. The team at Premier Allergy and Asthma also uses blood testing to diagnose immune system deficiencies and evaluate patients with chronic hives.
Spirometry shows your lung function by measuring the amount of air you inhale and exhale. The test also evaluates how quickly you can exhale.
Your doctor performs spirometry to diagnose asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and other respiratory conditions. Spirometry is also used to periodically monitor your asthma and to make sure your treatment is working.
During a spirometry test, you breathe through your mouth into a tube that’s attached to the spirometer. You take a deep breath and then breathe out as hard as you can, repeating the test several times to be sure your results are consistent.
Your doctor may request diagnostic imaging such as X-rays or a CT scan to get information about your chest or sinuses. These tests are done at a hospital or radiology center. Your doctor gets a report and may ask you to bring a copy of your imaging to your next appointment.
If you have questions about diagnostic procedures, call Premier Allergy and Asthma or schedule an appointment online.