Allergy Testing Specialist

National Healthcare Center -  - Urgent Care

National Healthcare Center

Urgent Care located in Stockbridge, GA & Atlanta, GA

Allergies like hay fever can have a significant impact on your ability to enjoy life and do what you want to do. Certain allergies can even cause potentially life-threatening conditions like anaphylaxis. But with help from the board-certified primary care specialists at National Healthcare Center in Stockbridge and Atlanta, Georgia, you can identify and manage your allergies. Their allergy specialists use noninvasive testing and deliver effective treatments to help you stay safe and free from the effects of allergies. Schedule your allergy testing by calling or booking online today.

Allergy Testing Q & A

What is an allergy?

Allergies occur when your immune system responds too vigorously to something in your environment. These triggers, or allergens, could be something you’re touching, eating, or breathing in.

In most cases, allergens are substances that pose little or no threat to your health. Some might be unpleasant – like an insect bite – but none are life-threatening. However, the extreme response a severe allergy can produce could be dangerous and potentially fatal.

What symptoms might indicate I need allergy testing?

Allergy symptoms vary depending on the trigger and the system in your body that it affects. Common symptoms of allergies include:

  • Nasal congestion
  • Postnasal drip
  • Runny nose
  • Itchy skin
  • Hives
  • Watery eyes
  • Wheezing or problems breathing
  • Rashes
  • Stomach upsets
  • Swelling, which can be rapid and alarming

If you experience symptoms like these, allergy testing at National Healthcare Center can identify the allergens triggering them so you can start dealing with your allergy.

What substances does allergy testing cover?

You could be allergic to anything around you and have several different allergies, but most people develop allergies to a specific range of substances, including:

  • Pollen
  • Dust mites
  • Animal dander
  • Mold
  • Peanuts
  • Wheat
  • Soy
  • Dairy
  • Fish and shellfish
  • Insect stings
  • Penicillin
  • Latex

If you have an allergy, your immune system responds to these substances as though they were a threat, like a bacteria or virus. It produces antibodies to fight the perceived invasion and causes the unpleasant symptoms you experience.

What does allergy testing involve?

The National Healthcare Center team uses noninvasive allergy assessments to identify your allergens. You can assist in this process by recording what you eat and drink, where you go, and what you do, which can help identify links between your allergy attacks and potential allergens.

Patch testing is one method the team uses to perform allergy testing. This involves your provider sticking a patch on your arm or back that has a potential allergen on it. You wear the patch overnight and see if there’s any reaction.

An alternative is prick testing, where your provider makes a tiny prick in your skin, usually on your forearm or back. An allergen goes into each prick mark to see if you react.

Once allergy testing identifies your allergens, you can work with National Healthcare Center’s allergy experts to reduce the effect on your health. They take a natural approach to treating your allergies, providing a unique holistic treatment for your symptoms. 

For allergy testing, call National Healthcare Center or book an appointment online today.