Allergy tests can be expensive, and a doctor’s visit is never convenient. So we don’t tend to ask you to get one right away. Instead, we can help review your past medical records, your own recollection, the timing, and the symptoms to find out when you tend to feel your worst.
If, for example, you see you’re getting bronchitis or sinus infections (or just feeling lousy) every October, we can venture a guess your allergies are coming from grass pollen, ragweed, thistle, etc. If your illness arises in the spring, your allergies may be due to Arizona cypress, mesquite, elm trees, or others. We’d suggest you start taking antihistamines like Claritin, Zyrtec, or Allegra before the season starts. We’d also suggest you use a sinus rinse and a steroid nasal spray at night.
All this pre-treats the allergy, and if you keep doing it till winter you would typically be able to get through the entire season without feeling bad. If you can’t, then this could indicate the presence of another, less common allergy. At that point, allergy testing would be appropriate.
The allergy test will help us pinpoint if you’re also allergic to dogs, cats, foods, or anything else with which you might be coming into contact. We can then help you start avoiding these allergens so we can reduce the burden on your body. Your body starts showing allergy symptoms when it’s overwhelmed with things its allergic to. If we can keep it from becoming overwhelmed, we can keep you from feeling bad.