Environmental Allergy Test in Neptune and Holmdel NJ

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Allergies are extremely common and millions of Americans suffer from seasonal or perennial (year round) allergies. An allergic reaction occurs when a person’s immune system reacts to a normally harmless substance. The source of this substance, called an allergen, may be from pollen, mold, dust mites, or pet dander among others. AT Coastal ENT, we can perform allergy testing to determine what allergies you have so we can treat them properly.

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What to Expect at an Allergy Test

The allergy program team at Coastal ENT, LLC utilizes the gold standard of allergy testing, Modified Quantitative Testing (MQT), to identify your offending allergens. This is a two-part skin test. First, concentrated allergens are applied to the outer layer of the skin utilizing a skin prick applicator. This first part of the test will give a general sense of what allergens you are sensitive to and to what degree of sensitivity. Once interpreted, we then utilize Intradermal Dilution Testing (IDT) in which a small amount of diluted allergens are injected just below the surface of the skin. Together these results provide us with the information needed to customize a comprehensive allergy treatment plan specific to you.


How Do I Prepare for Allergy Testing?

To prepare for the allergy test, it is important that you wear a short sleeve t-shirt or blouse as the preferred testing site is on the arms. Refrain from applying any lotions, creams, or perfumes on the day of the test. It is also important that you avoid taking any anti-histamine medications at least 7 days prior to your allergy testing. Additionally, there may be other medications such as tricyclic antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications that may need to be held at the approval of the prescribing physician as well as some vitamins, herbal teas and supplements. The Coastal Team will review and discuss medications with you in detail prior to your testing appointment.

Do Not Undergo a Skin Allergy Testing If:
  • You are pregnant
  • You have a skin condition called dermatographism
  • You have unstable asthma, your asthma is worsening or you have been hospitalized for asthma in the past year
  • You are taking a beta blocker for high blood pressure
Medications to Avoid Before Allergy Testing:

Antihistamines, H1 Inhibitors
Hold one week prior to testing:

  • Chlorpheniramine
  • Dexchlorpheniramine
  • Desloratidine (Clarinex)
  • Diphenhydramine (Benadryl)
  • Cetirizine (Zyrtec)
  • Loratidine (Claritin)
  • Fexofenadine (Allegra)

Hold six weeks prior to testing:

  • Astemizole (Hismanal)

Tricyclic Antidepressants
Hold one week prior to testing:

  • Adapine (Doxepin)
  • Anaframil (Clomipramine)
  • Aventyl Hydrochloride (Nortryptiline)
  • Asendin (Amoxampine)
  • Elavil (Amitriptyline)
  • Endep (Amitriptyline)
  • Etrafon (Amitriptyline)
  • Limbitrol (Amitriptyline)

Anti-anxiety Medications
Hold one week prior to testing:

  • Alprazolam (Xanax)
  • Clonazepam (Klonopin)

What Risks are Involved in Allergy Testing and Treatment?

The allergy test provided here is considered safe and effective, but the risk factors of testing, as well as immunotherapy, can include:

  • Mild Systemic Reactions — Nasal congestion, runny nose, itchy, watery eyes, skin rash, headache, sneezing fits.
  • Worsening asthma symptoms — In those patients with a history of asthma, symptoms may worsen during testing and treatment as they can be triggered by exposure to allergens.
  • Anaphylaxis — Although rare, this is a serious life-threatening allergic reaction that will require immediate medical attention.

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What Type of Results Can I Expect from Allergy Testing and Treatment?

The first step in treating allergies is identifying the allergens responsible for triggering your symptoms through allergy testing. Once identified, implementing immunotherapy in addition to medication and taking steps to limit exposure can offer symptom relief and have a lasting effect for years to come.

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