Pediatric Allergy Testing Questions and Answers
Here at Pediatric Associates of Frisco, we provide comprehensive and effective testing, treatment and care for children who suffer from allergies. For more information please call us or request an appointment online. We serve patients from Frisco TX, Allen TX, Little Elm TX, The Colony TX, McKinney TX, Prosper TX, Aubrey TX, Oak Point TX, Lakewood Village TX, Plano TX and Dallas TX.
Why is allergy testing important for your child?
Allergies are not only uncomfortable, some can cause life-threatening reactions. Understanding your child’s allergies is an important step toward ensuring you can help keep them safe and healthy. Allergy testing is an effective process by which your child’s pediatrician can pinpoint and understand their allergies in order to provide customized and targeted treatment. There are two primary methods of allergy testing, blood tests and skin prick tests. Both of these methods are effective for determining your child’s exact needs and can be performed easily in our office.
What to expect during an allergy testing?
We offer on-site allergy testing for diagnosis and treatment of children with environmental allergies. Testing may include skin test or blood testing. We offer relatively painless scratch test for kids. Our comprehensive management includes incorporation of diet changes, pharmacological treatment and options for immunotherapy. Our goal is improvement in quality of life of children suffering from seasonal allergies.
What can allergy blood tests detect?
Blood tests are used to measure the presence of antibodies in a child’s blood stream. Immunoglobulin E, sometimes referred to as IgE, is the antibody most commonly linked to immune responses in the body that relate to allergies. Blood tests can screen for 10 of the most common allergen triggers. Included in those 10 are allergy triggers for pet dander, dust, weeds, grasses, and trees. If food allergies are suspected, blood tests can also be an excellent method for identifying these. Another technique for identifying food intolerances and allergies is an elimination diet, where foods are removed from your child’s diet one at a time to see if avoiding them has a positive effect.
What can allergy skin tests detect?
A skin test can screen for a broad range of allergens during a single visit to our office. During a skin prick test, diluted allergens are delivered to the skin by a very small needle. Your child’s body will present a reaction in the places where they have been pricked by something they are allergic to.
What allergies can be identified in a skin test?
Skin prick tests can identify allergies to specific pollen, cats, dogs, cigarette smoke, dust, and many others, and also offers insight into the severity of the allergy, as reactions can be rated on a scale of 0-4+. Skin prick tests are generally not recommended for children under the age of 6 months.
Comprehensive and compassionate care when testing your child for allergies
At Pediatric Associates of Frisco, we are dedicated to your child’s total health and well-being. We are proud to offer comprehensive allergy testing and treatment that can relieve their worst symptoms and provide you with the information necessary to ensure they can feel their best every day of the year. Allergies can make even adults miserable, so we provide the care your child deserves, so they don’t have to suffer needlessly. Trust our experienced pediatricians to provide the diagnostic and testing services your child needs in order to feel better.
Are you looking for allergy testing services for your child or children in Frisco TX area?
At Pediatric Associates of Frisco, we understand how important it is for you as a parent to be able to protect your child from illness and injury. Allergies are another important aspect of protecting your child and providing them with a long and happy life. Our experienced and certified pediatricians are proud to offer the answers you need to keep your child healthy and protected. If you live in the Frisco area and are interested in allergy services that can provide testing and treatment for your child, call us today at (972) 324-3366 to schedule an appointment with an experienced pediatrician who can offer the answers and support your child deserves.