Springtime in Kansas City brings lots of blooming plants and trees, which can be bothersome to individuals who suffer from seasonal allergies or perennial allergies. If you are unaware of what you are allergic to but find yourself miserable in certain seasons, you may benefit from allergy testing.
Typical symptoms of allergic rhinitis due to outdoor allergens are itchy and watery eyes, sneezing, frequent itching of the skin, having a runny nose, itchy throat, nasal congestion, and even asthma exacerbations such as wheezing and chest tightness. These symptoms can range from mild to severe depending on if they are paired with a certain diagnosis.
Our office specializes in testing and treatment of allergic rhinitis due to seasonal allergies. You may find yourself wondering what to expect when coming in for testing as a new patient. To begin, the nurses at the clinic will speak with you about your symptoms, and Dr. Kanarek or Amanda Owens APRN will determine whether allergy testing is necessary. You must be free of antihistamines for 48 hours prior to testing so that the testing is effective.
From there, we go over some of the trees, grasses, and weeds we would like to skin test you for. For children, we have a simple multitest that offers a quick 11-unit test that tests for common seasonal allergies that is very well-tolerated by children. We can do this test easily on the back. For adults looking for relief from their allergies, we do a more detailed and extensive skin test on the back. The test includes 51 allergens that include various trees, grasses, weeds, molds, environmental allergens, and animals.
Within a few minutes we will be able to see if your skin has reacted to an allergen. There may be a small, localized, itchy welt underneath the point of testing. Once we assess and document your reactions, we will wipe you clean and your itching will resolve quickly. If you have a reasonable level of allergies, we will create a treatment care plan for living with your allergies. If you score very high on the allergy test, you may be a candidate for immunotherapy (i.e. allergy shots).
Here at Kanarek Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, the doctor, nurse practitioner, and nurses work collaboratively to make sure your allergy, asthma, and immune health needs are met. We are always available for questions regarding your health concerns and would be happy to assist you in creating a plan to allow you to enjoy the outdoors and your pets.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (913) 451-8555 today to schedule an appointment to evaluate your springtime allergies!