Allergy Testing / Immunology

Elevate Health Group -  - Primary Care Physician

Elevate Health Group

Primary Care Physicians & Internists located in Glendale, CA

Allergy Testing / Immunology Specialist
Elevate Health Group is a primary care practice that serves patients in Glendale, CA. Our board certified physicians perform allergy testing and immunology care to improve the quality of life for patients who suffer from allergies. We use the most accurate skin testing methods available to detect up to 70 of the most common allergens in Southern California. Elevate Health Group also provides immunology care.

Allergy Testing / Immunology Q & A

What is allergy testing?

An allergy is the immune system’s overreaction to an allergen, which can be something a person inhales, touches or eats. Upon exposure to an allergen, the individual’s body produces antibodies known as Immunoglobulin E (IgE), which travel to different cells to cause the symptoms of an allergic reaction.

Allergy testing can determine if a person has an allergy, and can even pinpoint the specific allergen causing the symptoms. The IgE skin test is the most common type of allergy test and is relatively painless. It involves the injection of various allergens into the skin through small pricks in the skin. Minor swelling will occur at the injection site of the allergen if an allergy is present. IgE skin tests are quick, as reactions usually occur within 20 minutes.

What are the indications for testing?

Doctors recommend immunological testing to detect a variety of conditions, including seasonal allergies, asthma, eczema, rhinitis, conjunctivitis, atopic dermatitis, urticaria, food allergies, drug allergies, pet allergies and more. The tests help clinicians create a treatment plan to alleviate symptoms that can include:

  • Itchy or watery eyes
  • Itchy nose or throat
  • Nasal congestion or runny nose
  • Chest congestion, coughing or wheezing
  • Itchy skin or eczema
  • Abdominal problems, such as vomiting, cramps or diarrhea after eating certain foods
  • Severe reaction to insect stings
  • Serious allergic reaction, known as anaphylaxis

Allergy testing is relatively safe and effective for adults and children, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology

Does insurance cover allergy testing and immunology care?

Most insurance plans cover allergy testing and immunology care.

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