We are proud to offer full service, highly-specialized evaluations and treatments that are not readily found in our local communities or academic institutions. We also offer a variety of specialized tests which allow us to further understand and evaluate your disease.
For more in-depth information about allergy testing, please view our video about the skin prick test below, or visit the Allergy Testing page.
Allergy Tests Include:
Scratch test (also known as a puncture or prick test)– A series of small scratches are made on the skin to allow the antigen to enter. If a reaction occurs -often a small, raised, itchy area- it may indicate sensitivity to that antigen. The skin prick is not a shot and doesn’t cause bleeding.
Intradermal test- A small amount of antigen is injected under the skin on the arm. This is performed when further testing is needed to confirm a suspected allergen.
Patch test-Another method is to apply an allergen to a patch, which is then placed on the skin. This is used to determine allergens or irritants that could cause skin reactions such as dermatitis.
Other Tests Include:
- Spirometry Testing – a test to determine lung capacity
- Rhinolaryngoscopy – a direct visualization of the nasal passages and voice box
- Nasal Endoscopy – a direct visualization used to fully evaluate the nasal passages and assess prior sinus surgery
- Medication Allergy Testing and Desensitization
- Vaccine Testing and Desensitization
- Oral Desensitization to Allergic Foods
Specialty Tests Include:
- Food and Medication Challenges
- Methacholine Challenge – diagnostic inhalation test for asthma
- Exercise Challenge – assessment to rule out or confirm exercise induced asthma or vocal cord dysfunction
- Full Pulmonary Function Testing – reserved for patients with more severe asthma or COPD; measures lung capacity and function
- Venom Testing