Allergy Testing

Chimezie C Amanambu, MD -  - Internal Medicine

Pax Internal Medicine Associates

Chimezie C Amanambu, MD

Internal Medicine & Medical Weight Loss Clinic located in Akron, OH

Do you have allergies that are causing miserable symptoms? At Pax Internal Medicine Associates in Akron, Ohio, Chimezie Amanambu, MD, and his team offer expert, extensive allergy testing to identify the source of your issue and give you relief. To schedule a consultation, call the practice or book an appointment online today.

Allergy Testing

What are allergies?

If you have “allergies,” it means your body’s immune system is responding to a foreign substance that’s not usually harmful. This response can cause a variety of symptoms, including itchiness, rashes, congestion, wheezing, sneezing, watery eyes, inflammation, and more.

If you suspect you might have allergies, make an appointment at Pax Internal Medicine Associates for testing to relieve any bothersome symptoms.

What symptoms might call for allergy testing?

Allergens can cause uncomfortable symptoms that can be eliminated or reduced with the right remedy. You should get allergy testing if you experience any of the following:

  • Sneezing
  • Itchy, swollen, watery, or red eyes
  • Itchy or runny nose
  • Hives
  • Swelling in your face
  • Tingling sensation in your mouth
  • Anaphylaxis

If you have a severe reaction to an allergen, you should seek medical attention immediately.

What is allergy testing?

Allergy testing allows Dr. Amanambu to discover your body’s responses to certain allergens. Testing may include:

  • Skin prick
  • Patch
  • Intradermal
  • Blood test
  • Diet elimination

After allergy testing, your skin might be slightly red and itchy. The team at Pax Internal Medicine Associates watches your reaction to the allergens closely. Dr. Amanambu then identifies your allergens, which allows him to customize a treatment plan for you.

What allergens are the most common?

Common allergy triggers include:

  • Animal dander
  • Dust mites
  • Pollen, ragweed, and grass
  • Mold
  • Latex
  • Insect stings
  • Medications
  • Cleaning products containing chemicals
  • Food (peanuts, eggs, dairy)

Allergy testing helps Dr. Amanambu find out the cause of your symptoms so you can get the treatment you need.

What are my treatment options after allergy testing?

Some allergens can be life-threatening. That’s why Dr. Amanambu and the team first talk to you about your symptoms to fully understand what you’re experiencing. They examine you to assess any severe allergies. In some cases, they might recommend carrying an epinephrine auto-injector (EpiPen®) for a severe reaction that could cause severe danger to your health.

For milder symptoms, Dr. Amanambu might manage your allergies with treatments, such as prescribed medications, immunotherapy, and dietary changes. Another option includes completely avoiding your triggers once identified.

Home remedies include nasal irrigation, using a neti pot containing a saltwater solution. You can also keep the humidity low in your home to avoid mold, and wash your bedding and items that might contain dust mites.  

Talking to Dr. Amanambu about your lifestyle can help identify allergens. Once you complete your consultation and allergy testing, the team at Pax Internal Medicine Associates creates a personalized plan so you can live your daily routine symptom-free.

To schedule an appointment for allergy testing, call the office or book your appointment online today.