As a skilled internal medicine specialist, Anthony A. Natelli, MD, understands how chronic allergies can impact your quality of life. To better understand your allergy triggers, Dr. Natelli offers comprehensive allergy testing at his Wayne, New Jersey, internal medicine practice. He carefully supervises your testing and creates a treatment plan to help you manage your symptoms and condition for the long-term. To learn more about the benefits of allergy testing, schedule a consultation with Dr. Natelli today online or by calling the office.
Allergies are your immune system’s overreaction to substances that are usually considered harmless. When you make contact with an allergen, your body produces antibodies to fight against them, and you can experience a variety of symptoms.
The primary types of allergens include:
Inhaled allergens, like pollen, mold, and dust, are what you breathe in from your environment. These allergens often trigger symptoms like a runny nose, watery eyes, and nasal congestion. Inhaled allergens can also contribute to asthma-related breathing issues.
Contact allergens, like poison ivy or even certain soaps and fabrics, cause skin irritation and rashes when they make contact with your skin. Certain triggers can lead to chronic skin issues, like eczema.
Ingested allergens, or food allergies, can cause digestive upset or trigger inflammation or irritation of your throat or other parts of your digestive tract.
For some, allergy triggers can result in a serious reaction known as anaphylaxis. This potentially life-threatening condition causes sudden throat inflammation and increased mucus production that makes it difficult to breathe properly.
Allergy testing is an effective way to identify the triggers in the environment or your diet that cause persistent allergy symptoms. You may need allergy testing if you experience persistent symptoms that may relate to an allergy to determine the best course of treatment.
Dr. Natelli offers in-office allergy testing for both seasonal and chronic allergies. He may recommend testing before prescribing allergy medications or other treatments.
You may also need allergy testing to identify specific allergens that cause an anaphylactic reaction.
Dr. Natelli offers several types of allergy testing to better understand your allergy triggers.
Skin testing is a common method for identifying allergies and involves injecting small amounts of suspected allergens under the surface of the skin.
If the substance causes an allergic reaction, your skin soon becomes visibly irritated, often developing an itchy, raised bump.
Blood work may be useful in identifying allergy triggers by evaluating the level of antibodies present in the blood when you come into contact with an allergen.
If you have symptoms relating to a food allergy, you may need to keep track of everything you eat in a food diary, making notes about how your body reacts.
Dr. Natelli may also suggest eliminating certain foods from your diet for a period of time to identify which foods are triggering symptoms.
Once allergy testing is complete, Dr. Natelli discusses your options for treatment, which may be as simple as avoiding triggers, adjusting your diet, or taking medication to control symptoms.
If you suspect you have allergies, schedule comprehensive allergy testing with Anthony A. Natelli, MD. You can schedule an appointment online now or by calling the office.