Allergy Testing at Texas Sinus and Snoring
At Texas Sinus and Snoring we offer allergy testing for seasonal allergies. Many seasonal allergy issues can lead to or be the root cause of sinus and snoring problems like allergic rhinitis, nasal polyps, sinusitis, sinus pressure and sinus headache. It does no good to fix a sinus issue without fixing what is causing the sinus issue. As part of our mission for comprehensive care we believe allergy testing and treating your seasonal allergies are steps in the path to sinus health.
How Does It Work?
Allergy testing helps you identify what allergens are causing your sinus symptoms. Allergy testing can be done one of two ways, a blood test and a skin test.
Allergy Skin Test
Also called a scratch test, during a skin test we place a small drops of allergens (like pollen or mold) on the skin. Then we prick the skin to make a small scratch on the outer layer of skin. We label each test spot with the specific allergen that's place there. If the area swells and becomes red, like a mosquito bite, the test for that allergen is positive. We can often know with in 15 minutes what the allergy trigger is.
At Texas Sinus & Snoring we do allergy skin testing in two parts. The first part of the test is a skin prick with antigen attached to it that only reaches the top layers of the skin. Then we read the test.
For the allergens that pop positive, we retest. We use intradermal injections with a small amount of antigen in them. We do this to confirm if it is truly a negative or if it was a positive.
We don't do the whole test with the intradermals because if you have severe allergies to something, it could put you at risk for a reaction. So, we do the prick test first to minimize the amount of intradermals. This reduces the risk for a reaction.
According to the AAFA, allergy skin tests are the most reliable and least expensive way to check for airborne and seasonal allergies.
Allergy Blood Test
Not used as often is an allergy blood test. We draw blood and then send it to a lab to check for allergen specific antibodies in your blood. Since this can change day to day, an allergy blood test isn’t quite as thorough as the skin test. This is why we typically only offer allergy skin testing at Texas Sinus & Snoring.
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Houston Allergy Season
The allergy season starts with tree pollen in January. Because of Houston's short winter season, it extends into September . The common tree pollen producers in Houston include: Cedar, Box Elder, Elm, Pine, Oak, Ash, Hackberry, Pecan, and Cedar Elm.
The next season after tree pollen is grass. For Houston, grass counts typically start to rise in March and begin to taper in July. The local common allergy-causing grass pollens include: Timothy, Bermuda, Bahia, Orchard, Sweet vernal, Red top and some blue grass. The most common grass in Houston, St. Augustine, is luckily not highly allergenic.
Ragweed is the final allergy season of the year. It starts in mid-August and extends until the cool weather sets in.