The Allergy & Asthma Center Talks Allergy Testing

Published: Jun. 21, 2023 at 3:21 PM EDT
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA) - We stopped by the Allergy & Asthma Center to talk about allergy testing. Below you can find some of the answers to some common questions they receive.

Is the allergy testing painless? How is it performed?

We offer ALLERGY TESTING WITHOUT NEEDLES! This is the most advanced and accurate form of allergy testing available and it is administered by our highly - trained registered nurses. It is truly painless for most people. The nurses will place small drops of “extracts” of different allergens (such as ragweed, cats, etc.) in rows on your back. If you are allergic, then the place where the drop was placed will turn red and/or swell. The severity of your allergies will be indicated by your reaction to each type of allergen. By the time you leave our office, you will know what you are allergic to.

How long will my first visit take? What will be done?

You should plan to spend about 3 hours in our office. The first visit is very thorough in order to make the most accurate assessment of your condition and to give you the most effective treatment plan. During the visit, one of our registered nurses will take a detailed medical history and perform a few simple tests. Then, you will have a consultation with a physician and/or practitioner to decide on a treatment plan tailored to your needs and lifestyle.

How soon will I be able to get an appointment?

We can almost always schedule a new patient for an appointment with Dr. William Smits or Dr. Vaughn Maples within two weeks. Often, we can set you up an appointment with Practitioners Jeannie Giese, Renee Holley or Jill Ham within one week.

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