I already know I have allergies, so why should I be tested?
An allergy test identifies the irritants responsible for stimulating your immune system to produce allergy symptoms. This information is utilized by Dr. Brodner to create an environmental control strategy specifically designed for your problem. It also allows him to make an informed decision on the medication combination best suited to relieve your problem. Finally, if allergy symptoms persist despite maximum medical therapy, the results of the allergy test can be used to provide immunotherapy (allergy shots or drops).
How can I be tested for allergies?
Our Allergy Department has two methods available for testing – skin and blood. Dr. Brodner employs state-of-the-art skin testing using the Modified Quantitative Testing (MQT) approach with the Multi-Test system. This process is designed to be less invasive and more efficient than previous methods, providing a more comfortable patient experience with immediate results. It involves a series of skin pricks which are usually not painful. The body's reaction to specific allergens can immediately be quantified and recorded by observing minor skin changes.
Blood testing involves taking a minimal amount of blood, which is then analyzed by computer to reveal the level of anti-allergen immunoglobulin (IgE) and your sensitivity to specific allergens. This test is often performed on patients with certain skin conditions, small children, and patients on beta-blocker medications.