Allergy Testing

Allergy Testing

AIC provides comprehensive testing for food, pollen,and pet dander allergy as well as patch testing for contact dermatitis.
The common symptoms associated with allergies include:
  • Nasal congestion
  • Runny, itchy nose
  • Sinus pressure
  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Throat, tongue, or facial swelling
  • Itchy ears
  • Hives
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
A young boy is being examined by a doctor for allergies

At AIC in Encino, we provide comprehensive allergy testing and treatment services. Their focus is on minimizing unpleasant symptoms and the chance of severe complications. Call the office to make an appointment or request one online today. Telemedicine appointments are available.

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Your Allergy Testing Questions, Answered

What is allergy testing?

Allergy testing includes diagnostic tests that determine if you have allergies to airborne allergens (pollen, pet dander, dust mite), foods, medications, vaccines, insect stings, latex, personal care products (via patch testing), or other substances. Allergy testing allows you and Dr. Shilian to determine which treatments, or avoidance measures, can ease your unpleasant symptoms.

Is allergy testing right for me?

To find out if you’re a candidate for allergy testing at the Allergy & Immunology Center, Dr. Shilian discusses your medical history and symptoms. He asks about your medication, checks your vital signs, and completes a physical exam.

What should I expect during allergy testing?
The many available allergy tests include:
  • Blood tests detect specific antibodies or markers in your body, giving Dr. Shilian a better idea of which substances may be triggering your allergic reactions.
  • Skin prick tests Your provider pricks your skin with varying amounts of potential allergens and examines it 15 minutes later. A red, raised bump (a hive) indicates an allergy to a particular substance, like a certain food, pollen, or pet dander.
  • Patch testing You wear a patch on your skin for about 48 hours, and patch testing doesn’t require needle pricks. Dr. Shilian then examines your skin for signs of irritation that indicate an allergic reaction due to contact dermatitis
  • Asthma tests Asthma can occur alongside allergies. If you have asthma symptoms, you might undergo lung-function (breathing) tests and allergy testing. During a lung function test, you breathe into a specialized device before and after using bronchodilators to better evaluate your airways.

Call the office or request an appointment online today to schedule allergy testing at the Allergy & Immunology Center.

How soon can I expect results from allergy testing?

We understand how challenging life can be living with allergies, and AIC is here to help. After undergoing allergy testing at the Allergy & Immunology Center in Encino, you can typically expect to receive your results within three days to a week. The exact timeframe may vary depending on the tests performed and the laboratory processing time. For instance, skin prick allergy tests often yield immediate results, with any allergic reactions manifesting as raised bumps on the skin within 15 minutes. Blood tests may take slightly longer as they involve analyzing samples for specific antibodies. Rest assured, our team understands the importance of promptly delivering your results so that we can proceed with personalized treatment plans tailored to your unique needs. Visit Allergy & Immunology Center – your dedicated allergist in Encino for food allergies, environmental allergies, asthma, and more.

How often should I undergo allergy testing?

There are many factors to consider when determining how often a person should undergo allergy testing. These factors include your medical history, allergy symptoms, and treatment response. Generally, if you’re managing chronic allergies or undergoing immunotherapy, regular monitoring through allergy testing is recommended. For individuals with severe or persistent allergies, annual testing may be necessary to track changes in sensitivities and adjust treatment accordingly. However, Dr. Ryan Shilian will assess your case and recommend a suitable testing schedule based on your specific needs and treatment goals. Visit the Allergy & Immunology Center for experienced allergy testing services and treatment of food and environmental allergies

How long does an allergy testing appointment typically last?

An allergy testing appointment at our Encino location usually lasts 1 to 2 hours, depending on the required type and extent of testing. During this comprehensive evaluation, you’ll undergo various tests such as skin prick allergy tests, blood tests, and possibly patch testing for contact dermatitis. Our priority is to ensure thorough and accurate assessment while minimizing patient discomfort or inconvenience. Rest assured, our dedicated team at the Allergy & Immunology Center strives to provide efficient, personalized care to address your allergy concerns and improve your quality of life.

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