Allergy Testing Specialist

Michael G. Neret, MD

Family Medicine located in Bay City, TX

Every year, as many as 50 million Americans suffer from allergy symptoms. Knowing what you’re allergic to may help you get some relief from your discomfort. Michael Neret, MD, in Bay City, Texas, offers allergy testing to help identify the underlying cause of your symptoms, so you can get the most effective treatment. Call the office, or book an appointment online to schedule your allergy testing.

Allergy Testing Q & A

What are allergies?

Allergies occur when your immune system overreacts to a substance, referred to as an allergen, it considers harmful, even though it isn’t for most other people. The types of symptoms you experience may depend on the allergen causing the reaction and may include:

  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • Sneezing and coughing
  • Digestive issues
  • Swollen tongue
  • Coughing
  • Respiratory issues

If the reaction to the allergen is severe, you may go into what’s referred to as anaphylactic shock, which may cause serious symptoms such as loss of consciousness and difficulty breathing. An anaphylactic reaction requires immediate medical attention.

What are common allergens?

You can develop an allergy to any substance. However, some allergens are more common than others, including:

  • Grass, pollen, and ragweed
  • Pet dander
  • Insects
  • Food
  • Medications

It may be easy to identify some allergens, especially if your symptoms occur soon after you come in contact with it. However, if you aren’t sure what allergen is causing your symptoms, you may benefit from allergy testing.

What is allergy testing?

Allergy testing refers to the special tests offered by Dr. Neret and his team to identify the allergen responsible for your symptoms. There are two primary types of allergy tests, including:

Skin prick test

During the skin prick test, small amounts of the allergen are pricked into the surface of your skin and monitored for a reaction. If your skin becomes inflamed or swollen, then it’s likely you’re allergic to that substance. This test is conducted while you’re at the office under close supervision in case of an adverse reaction.

Blood test

During the blood test, a sample of your blood is obtained and measured for allergen-specific antigens. If you opt for the blood test, you may be advised to stop taking your allergy medication prior to your test, so you get the most accurate results.

The team at Michael Neret, MD, review the type of allergy testing you need based on your symptoms and medical history.

What happens after allergy testing?

After your allergy testing the team at Michael Neret, MD, work closely with you to develop a treatment plan to help minimize your exposure to your allergen, such as cutting certain foods from your diet or changing your medication.

If you have an environmental allergy (pollen, ragweed, grass), the team provides guidelines on what you can do at home to reduce allergen exposure. However, you may also benefit from allergy medication to help manage symptoms. 

To learn more about allergy testing at Michael Neret, MD, contact the office by phone or online today