More than half (54.6 percent) of the people reporting a survey completed in the U.S. indicated that they had positive reactions to one or more allergens. Allergy testing can alert you foods and environmental allergens that trigger uncomfortable symptoms. The team at Murphy Medical Associates in Greenwich, Stamford and Stratford, Connecticut, proudly offers several types of allergy testing, including skin scratch, intradermal, and igE blood testing. To request your allergy testing appointment today, call or text the office nearest you, or click the online booking tool.
Allergies occur when your immune system identifies a harmless substance –– such as pet dander or pollen –– as harmful. When you come in contact with an allergen, it triggers a reaction that can inflame your skin, sinuses, airways, or digestive system.
Allergies affect everyone differently. For some people, they’re a minor annoyance. For others, they can produce a serious reaction known as anaphylaxis. Although there’s no cure for allergies, allergy testing can pinpoint the source of your discomfort and provide insights used to develop a treatment plan.
Allergy testing is a type of medical exam designed to determine if you have an allergy to a particular environmental factor or food. These tests help the team at Murphy Medical Associates pinpoint the source of common allergy symptoms, including upset stomach, watery eyes, and blocked sinuses.
At Murphy Medical Associates, the team offers several types of allergy testing, including:
During a skin scratch test, your Murphy Medical Associates provider mixes a particular allergen with a liquid. After preparing the solution, your provider applies the solution to your skin and uses a special tool to puncture your skin’s surface. This allows the allergen to enter your bloodstream. Afterward, your provider closely monitors your reaction. If there’s redness, swelling, or irritation, it means you’re allergic to that particular substance.
Intradermal allergy testing is very similar to skin scratch testing. During this type of test, your Murphy Medical Associates provider injects a small amount of a suspected allergen beneath the surface of your skin. Your provider monitors the injection site, looking for signs of redness, swelling, or irritation.
If you have a skin condition that could interfere with intradermal or skin scratch testing, your doctor might recommend an immunoglobulin E (igE) test. This allergy test measures IgE, a type of antibody. If you have a high amount of igE in your blood, it suggests that your body overreacts to certain allergens.
To determine the type of allergy testing you’ll most benefit from, make an appointment at Murphy Medical Associates. Following a review of your medical history and physical exam, your provider can make recommendations that align with your individual needs.
That said, if you’re suffering from allergies, the team will work with you to ease your symptoms and feel better. If you have health insurance, you won’t have to pay out of pocket either. The allergy tests at Murphy Medical Associates are all covered by insurance.