Allergy Testing Specialist

Consultants in Asthma, Allergy and Immunology

Allergists & Immunologists located in Clark, NJ, Clifton, NJ & Garfield, NJ

The best way to prevent allergic reactions is to avoid the substances that cause the allergic reaction. Board certified adult and pediatric allergy and immunology specialists Peter Benincasa, MD, and Richard E. Luka, MD, perform allergy testing at Consultants in Asthma, Allergy and Immunology in Clark, Clifton, and Garfield, New Jersey. To find out exactly what’s causing your allergies, call or book an appointment online.

Allergy Testing Q & A

What is allergy testing?

Having an allergy to a particular substance can create symptoms that range from a mildly annoying runny nose to life-threatening anaphylaxis. By knowing what triggers your allergy symptoms, you can avoid specific allergens and reduce your risks of unpleasant or dangerous reactions.

Drs. Benincasa and Luka use allergy testing, combined with a physical exam and review of your medical history, to precisely determine what causes the allergic reactions. Allergy testing is safe and effective for children and adults of all ages.

Why should I get an allergy test?

An allergy test helps to identify the causes and symptoms that can affect many parts of your body. Some of the reasons include:

  • Foods
  • Insect bites and stings
  • Medications
  • Airborne allergens such as pollen
  • Latex
  • Chemicals in soaps, shampoos, cosmetics or other sources of chemicals related to work or hobbies.

Some of the symptoms include:

  • Itchy skin or eczema
  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Chest congestion
  • Coughing or wheezing
  • Abdominal cramps, diarrhea, or vomiting shortly after eating certain foods
  • Frequent sinus infections
  • Anaphylaxis

What type of allergy tests do I need?

A host of different substances can cause a wide range of allergy symptoms that can vary from person to person. Drs. Benincasa and Luka are expert allergists and immunologists who can determine what type of allergy tests you need.

Depending on your condition, they may perform one or more of the following allergy tests:

  • Skin prick test: Usually done on the arms or back, this painless procedure involves inserting a tiny amount of an allergen into your skin with a specialized instrument. Up to 40 allergens can be injected into your skin at the same time, each in a unique location. Skin prick tests, also called puncture or scratch tests, show results in about 20 minutes.
  • Patch test: A patch test is used to identify causes of contact dermatitis such as chemical, metals, etc. It uses patches applied to the surface of your skin instead of a small injection. You wear these patches for 48 hours and must avoid bathing or heavy sweating during this time. It requires 3 visits to the office to perform.
  • Food or medication challenge test: Challenge tests involve inhaling or eating a small amount of a particular allergen while your doctor supervises. They usually perform challenge tests to diagnose allergies to foods and medications.

For the highest quality of care in allergy testing, call Consultants in Asthma, Allergy & Immunology or book an appointment online.