Allergies & Allergy Testing

An allergy is a hypersensitivity to a specific things such as animals, food, pollen, and medications. Scientists and doctors know exactly what causes allergies. When particles of a pet dander or pollen enters an individual’s body they are called antigens. It is only if your body has a sensitivity to that particular antigen does the body react with a variety of symptoms. These allergy symptoms vary from individual to individual but typically include red eyes, itchy watery eyes, sneezing and runny nose, body itchiness, eczema, hives, or a serious asthma attack.

More than 44 million Americans suffer from some form of an allergy. Many adults mistakenly believe that allergies start a child. While it is true that childhood allergies can diminish as one ages, allergies do suddenly develop in adults.

What is your risk of developing allergies? If you are a child, the following are the genetic statistics for developing allergies:

  • 75% to 80% more likely to suffer from allergies if both parents have allergies.
  • 25% if only one parent has allergies.
  • 10% on their own, without either parent having allergies.

Dr. Coppola advises his patients that if their child is susceptible to inheriting allergies, they should not expose or limit their child’s exposure to environmental factors that trigger allergies including:

  • Cigarette smoke
  • Dust and dust mites
  • Pet dander

Testing and Allergy Symptoms

There are a variety of tests that are used by Dr. Coppola to diagnose allergic conditions. When being performed he takes into consideration a person’s family background and medical history. Tests can include placing possible allergens on the skin and looking for a reaction such as swelling as well as blood tests to look for an allergen-specific.

Hay fever

  • Sneezing
  • Itching of the nose, eyes or roof of the mouth
  • Runny, stuffy nose
  • Watery, red or swollen eyes (conjunctivitis)

Food allergy:

  • Tingling mouth
  • Swelling of the lips, tongue, face or throat
  • Hives
  • Anaphylaxis

Insect sting allergy:

  • A large area of swelling (edema) at the sting site
  • Itching or hives all over your body
  • Cough, chest tightness, wheezing or shortness of breath
  • Anaphylaxis

Drug allergy:

  • Hives
  • Itchy skin
  • Rash
  • Facial swelling
  • Wheezing
  • Anaphylaxis

Atopic dermatitis (eczema):

  • Itching
  • Redden of the skin
  • Flaking or peeling skin

If you are suffering with allergies, call our office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Coppola to diagnosis your specific allergy and secure an individualized treatment protocol. Call 502-893-3683 today.