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What Happens During An Office Visit To The Allergist?

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During the initial visit, you will receive a complete history/physical exam and diagnostic procedures which may include spirometry, skin tests, blood work, and tympanometry. Depending on the age and the complexity of the symptoms, skin testing may take more than one session. At the completion of the skin test, blood testing, and other diagnostic procedures, the doctor will summarize and explain the findings and formulate a treatment plan.

Various Procedures

Skin Test

This is the most important procedure from which an allergist can obtain useful information on the patient's condition. Allergens you are being tested for include grass pollens, tree pollens, weed pollens, mold spores, dust mites, animal hair/dander, and foods. The most common and relevant allergens are selected and administrated on the patient's arm/forearm or back. In the initial round, prick test are done using plastic devises. If the doctor needs to know more, then, additional sensitive allergens intradermal test may be applied. By inspecting the skin swelling, the doctors can determine to which allergens patient is sensitive to and will use the information for the treatment.

Spirometry

This breathing test is done to assess the lung function of the patients. Many allergic patients have asthma which may not be detected by physical exam alone. This test will help detect the early signs of asthma and follow the progress of the disease. This test is routinely used in our office to monitor patients with respiratory diseases.

Tympanometry

This test detects the presence of fluid in the middle ear behind the tympanic membrane.

Peak Flow Meter

This is a simple test used for assessing lung function. Patients will often be asked to measure the peak flow at home with this apparatus.

Audiometry

This is a screening test to detect hearing loss at different frequencies of sound.

Patch Test

This test is done to find out it the patient's skin rash is caused by contact materials such as fragrances, preservatives or other chemicals. This test is especially useful for the patients with contact dermatitis. Two plastic sheets (3"x 5") each containing 12 disk of test materials, are taped on the back of the patient and are read in 48-72 hours. The degree of the skin reaction will indicate the patient's sensitivity to those chemicals or substances.