Allergy Testing Specialist

Phoenix Family Medical Care

Family Medicine located in Phoenix, AZ

Allergies can cause a variety of symptoms that can disrupt your daily life, causing you to feel miserable and out of sorts. This is why Dr. Josef Khalil and his staff offer no-needle skin testing and individualized treatment plans to people struggling with allergies. Your specific plan alleviates your symptoms and allows you to get back to your daily routine. Call Phoenix Family Medical Care, or schedule your appointment online today if you live in the Phoenix area and are experiencing any type of allergy symptoms.

Allergy Testing Q & A

Are there different kinds of allergies?

There are several different kinds of allergies. Food allergies are caused by the body's inability to utilize certain foods properly. Common food allergens include:

  • Peanuts
  • Gluten
  • Strawberries
  • Lactose intolerance

Upper respiratory allergies affect the nasal passages, sinuses, throat, and lungs. Hay fever and asthma often result from exposure to airborne allergens. Symptoms of most allergic reactions involve:

  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Runny nose/watery eyes
  • Sore throat
  • Chest congestion
  • Hives/rash

How are allergies diagnosed?

Dr. Khalil diagnoses allergies using no-needle skin testing, including patch tests and scratch tests. Patch tests can detect delayed contact dermatitis allergic reactions.

During a patch test, a nurse places patches on your skin covered in various allergen extracts. After 48 hours, you come back into Dr. Khalil’s office to see if any of the patch allergens have caused irritation. If so, you’re likely allergic that that substance.

During a scratch test, a nurse scratches the surface of the skin and places a small amount of allergen over the area. If the scratch becomes red, inflamed, and begins to itch, you are most likely allergic to that particular substance. These tests usually take about 20 minutes, and Dr. Khalil can interpret them that same day.

Is immunotherapy effective at reducing the symptoms of allergies?

Immunotherapy involves the use of regular injections that deliver small amounts of allergens into your bloodstream. This allows your body to make the antibodies it needs to reduce the allergic reaction you experience each time you are exposed to the substance.

The serum is made from minute amounts of the allergen and is injected once a week. After you reach a maintenance dose, you’ll only receive the shots every two weeks. This process continues for several months. For people with severe allergies, immunotherapy may last several years.

If you think you’re experiencing allergies or want to find out what you’re allergic to, get in touch with Phoenix Family Medical Care today by phone or through the online booking tool.