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Do You Need an Allergy Test?

Find out if you could benefit from allergy testing.

Whether you are dealing with a runny nose, watery eyes, rash, or respiratory issues, it’s always a good idea to recognize when you may benefit from allergy testing. Here at Urgent Care TX, our Lancaster, TX, medical team is here to provide you with the allergy testing and treatment you or your child needs.

What are the most common types of allergies?

While people can develop an allergy to just about anything the most common types of allergies include,

  • Dust and dust mites
  • Mold
  • Pollen
  • Hay fever
  • Pet dander
  • Food
  • Medication
  • Insect stings or bites
  • Latex

What are the symptoms of an allergy?

The symptoms you experience will depend on the type of allergy you have. Common allergy symptoms include,

  • Sneezing and itchy nose
  • Runny or blocked nose
  • Red, watery or itchy eyes
  • Difficulty breathing or chest tightness
  • Hives (a red, itchy raise)
  • Swollen lips, tongue, or face
  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea and vomiting

When should I consider getting allergy testing?

It’s probably time to see our Lancaster, TX, team of doctors for allergy testing if you are experiencing,

  • Chronic or persistent nasal congestion, problems breathing, or sinus infections
  • Outdoor allergy symptoms that persist for most months out of the year
  • No response or changes in your symptoms despite taking over-the-counter allergy medications
  • Wheezing and coughing, especially after exercise or at night
  • Persistent chest tightness
  • Symptoms of asthma

How are allergies treated?

Medication is typically the number one way to treat allergy symptoms. Common medications include,

  • Antihistamines
  • Decongestants
  • Nasal sprays
  • Eye drops

Those dealing with severe allergies may want to discuss whether immunotherapy (allergy shots) is right for them. Allergy shots are administered every 2-4 weeks for 4-5 months, and then gradually you’ll work your way up to getting much higher doses only once a month for the next 3-5 years.

Are you dealing with allergy symptoms that are impacting your daily routine? Want to get allergy testing from our Lancaster, TX, medical team? If so, call Urgent Care TX today at (682) 317-1500 to schedule an appointment. If you are experiencing serious symptoms such as wheezing or difficulty breathing, we offer immediate walk-in care without an appointment.

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