More than 50 million Americans struggle with allergies. If you’re experiencing sneezing fits, rashes, hives, or other signs of allergies, book an allergy testing appointment at Primary Care Walk - In Medical Clinic in Gilbert and Fountain Hills, Arizona. While the practice welcomes walk-in visits during business hours, you can also book an appointment online or over the phone.
Allergy related symptoms can vary from minor to severe, depending on your immune system response. Because allergic reactions have the potential to become life threatening during anaphylactic shock, it’s important to know about which allergens trigger your symptoms, so you can avoid them. You should consider having allergy testing if you experience:
These symptoms are a side effect of histamine, a substance your body releases when your immune system suspects a harmful invader is present (even though most allergens are harmless).
Primary Care Walk - In Medical Clinic provides blood or skin allergy tests, depending on your needs (your doctor may recommend both). Blood allergy tests involve gathering a small sample of blood from your arm. The lab processes your blood and measures allergen-specific antibodies, such as immunoglobulin E (IgE).
During a skin allergy test at Primary Care Walk - In Medical Clinic, your doctor applies droplets of allergen solutions to your skin in an organized pattern (usually to your forearm). The team gently scratches your skin to allow the allergen solutions to penetrate. If you’re allergic to any of the substances — your doctor can test for dozens at once — you develop a small bump or red spot.
It depends on your specific type of allergy testing. In most cases, the team at Primary Care Walk - In Medical Clinic gets your results in about a week or two. Your doctor will schedule you for a follow-up visit to learn about your allergies and which treatments may be right for you.
If you’re getting a skin prick allergy test though, your doctor can analyze your results on the spot. You learn right away which allergens you need to avoid — anything from food to environmental to pest allergens — so you can lower your risk of future allergy attacks.
Primary Care Walk - In Medical Clinic provides comprehensive allergy testing for children and adults. If you need allergy testing, book an exam online or call either office directly to schedule.