Allergy Testing Specialist

Goodlife Physical Medicine

Orthopedics, Pain Management, Chiropractors, Physical Therapy and Massage located in Redondo Beach, El Segundo, and Torrance, CA

Seasonal conditions like hayfever that give you a streaming nose and eyes can make life miserable, and some allergies can even cause potentially life-threatening complications. If you have allergy symptoms, the specialists at Goodlife Physical Medicine can help. With three locations in Redondo Beach, El Segundo, and Torrance, California, you can choose the most convenient location for fast allergy testing and results. If you live in the Los Angeles area, call the Goodlife Physical Medicine office nearest you or book an appointment online today.

Allergy Testing Q & A

What is an allergy?

An allergy is an overreaction by your immune system to something you touch, eat, or breathe in, that's radically out of proportion to the threat the substance poses.

Substances that provoke an allergic reaction are called allergens, and most don't pose any threat to your health. Even the more unpleasant or painful allergens like insect venom aren't in themselves a health risk.

However, the allergic response your body produces could pose a genuine threat to your health and might, in some cases, be life-threatening. Your provider at Goodlife Physical Medicine might recommend allergy testing if you have chronic or recurring problems typical of an allergy.  

What symptoms indicate I need allergy testing?

Symptoms of allergies do vary to an extent, but some of the more common ones include:

  • Stuffed nose and sinuses
  • Postnasal drip
  • Itching skin
  • Hives or a rash
  • Watering eyes
  • Wheezing
  • Digestive upsets

If you have a severe allergy, you could go into anaphylaxis. This can cause rapid and alarming facial and throat swelling that could close off your airways. 

Anaphylaxis can also cause difficulty breathing, blue skin or lips, lightheadedness, confusion, and loss of consciousness. Anaphylaxis is a medical emergency, so call 911 right away.

For non-emergency symptoms of allergies, Goodlife Physical Medicine offers expert allergy testing to identify the cause and help you avoid symptoms.

What substances does an allergy test cover?

Almost anything in your environment is a potential allergen, but it's most likely that you're allergic to one or more familiar substances such as:

  • Peanuts
  • Wheat
  • Soy
  • Dairy
  • Fish and shellfish
  • Pollen
  • Dust mites
  • Animal dander
  • Molds
  • Insect stings
  • Penicillin
  • Latex

When you come in contact with substances you're allergic to, your immune system attacks them as it would a virus or bacteria, causing these unpleasant symptoms.

What does allergy testing involve?

The Goodlife Physical Medicine team uses two allergy testing methods:

Skin scratch test

This method tests the most common allergens. Your provider makes small punctures in your skin using a plastic scratch device, applying a tiny amount of the potential allergen to the scratch.

If there's redness in the test area, it means you have an allergy to that substance. Scratch testing is painless and only takes about 20 minutes. Your provider can determine what you're allergic to immediately.

Blood draw

In some cases, your provider uses an outside allergy laboratory to test a sample of your blood. Results from this type of allergy testing can take 1-3 days.

Once testing confirms the cause of your allergy, your provider can draw up a treatment plan to reduce your symptoms. 

One of the main approaches used at Goodlife Physical Medicine is administering allergy shots. These are injections of tiny quantities of the allergen that helps your immune system become more tolerant.

To find out more or book an allergy test, call Goodlife Physical Medicine or schedule an appointment online today.