Allergy Testing Specialist

Harlem Esthetic Rejuvenation Center

General Gynecology & Minimally Invasive Surgery & Allergy Testing & Immunotherapy Clinic located in Harlem, New York, NY

Allergies can make your life miserable, especially if you don’t know what’s causing them. Ededet Udo, MD, FACOG, and the team at Harlem Esthetic Rejuvenation Center offer allergy testing at their clinic located in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan in New York City. To find out how allergy testing and treatment can improve your quality of life, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Allergy Testing Q & A

What are allergies?

Allergies happen when your immune system overreacts to something that would normally be harmless. Substances that cause allergic reactions are called allergens. There are many types of allergens, but the most common include:

  • Inhaled allergens, such as pollen, dust mites, and mold spores
  • Insect bite allergies
  • Ingested allergens in foods, such as peanuts and seafood
  • Contact allergens that cause a reaction when you touch them, such as poison ivy

Some allergic reactions cause anaphylaxis, a serious condition that can be fatal without prompt treatment. For serious allergy sufferers, identifying specific allergens can be a lifesaver. 

How do I know if I have allergies?

You may have allergies without knowing it. Allergies can cause a lot of the same symptoms as sickness does, including:

  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Sinus congestion
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Stomach cramps
  • Bloating
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Rashes and skin disorders
  • Fatigue
  • Brain fog

Allergy testing at Harlem Esthetic Rejuvenation Center allows your doctor to determine whether certain allergens are causing your symptoms. 

What does allergy testing involve?

Allergy testing helps the team at Harlem Esthetic Rejuvenation Center identify your specific allergy triggers. They use noninvasive techniques to determine the cause of your allergies in a matter of minutes. 

Before your allergy test, your doctor asks you about your medical history, symptoms, and lifestyle habits. They may ask you to prepare for the allergy test by avoiding certain medications, such as antihistamines, that may affect the results. 

During the allergy test, your doctor places small amounts of different allergens on patches of your skin. Your skin may turn red, itch, or become swollen if you have an allergy to a particular allergen.

What happens after allergy testing?

The team at Harlem Esthetic Rejuvenation Center uses the results of your allergy test to accurately diagnose your allergy so they can develop an individualized treatment plan. They begin by counseling you on dietary or lifestyle changes you can make to ease or prevent symptoms. 

One of the best ways to prevent an allergic reaction is to avoid your allergy triggers. However, this isn’t always possible. 

When appropriate, the team at Harlem Esthetic Rejuvenation Center may recommend immunotherapy treatment for allergies. Also known as allergy shots, immunotherapy involves injecting a small amount of the allergen at regular intervals for about 3-5 years. It’s a long-term treatment that provides lasting relief from allergies. 

To find out if allergy testing is right for you, call Harlem Esthetic Rejuvenation Center or book an appointment online today.