Other Special Tests

We have a number of special allergy tests that can be done for our patients:

    1. Patch tests for Chemicals, Orthopedic and Dental Materials: It involves applying patches with test substances in small chambers or discs to a person’s back or upper arm. The patient will return to our office in 48 hours to have the patches removed and read.patch tests for chemicals and materials
      • Chemical patch tests are used to detect allergic contact dermatitis to something a person has contacted at home or leisure.
      • Orthopedic patch tests are used for patients who have had a reaction to the metal or one of the components such as bone cement, adhesives, etc. used during joint replacements.
      • Dental patch tests can be done for people who are having problems in their mouth or gums after having various dental procedures.


    2. Antibiotic testing: We currently offer penicillin testing as it is the only standardized, FDA controlled antibiotic test.
    3. Eucapnic voluntary hyperpnea (EVH): This is a test for exercise-induced asthma. It is the test which is preferred by the Olympic Medical Commission. It is preferred over and above the treadmill exercise testing.
    4. Methacholine inhalation testing: This is a series of breathing tests after inhalation of a chemical called methacholine. It is specific for asthma but not for exercise-induced asthma. This method is preferred by the Military Academies and any branch of the Armed Forces for entrance and used for suspected or previously diagnosed asthma.
    5. Nasal challenges: For people who have allergy symptoms but negative skin tests. We can squirt pollen into the nose to see if it causes congestion or any other nasal symptoms. This can then identify which pollens are causing the symptoms and can also tell us if allergy shots would be helpful.
    6. Allergy to Venoms: Some people have a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) to bee venom, wasp venom, yellow jacket venom, or hornet venom. There are allergy shots available for venom allergies. We have allergy skin testing for all of the above-mentioned venoms and we can administer allergy shots. Some people have large localized reactions to stings, and even with these large local reactions, it is important to get allergy tested.
    7. Eosinophilic Esophagitis Skin Test: Eosinophilic esophagitis can be caused by a number of different allergies. Food allergy is very common, and therefore, we do food skin tests for that, but we also can do food patch testing, which is a different type of test in which the food is put on the back for 2 days and then the reading is performed.Pollens can also aggravate eosinophilic esophagitis because when we breathe, we swallow pollen that can get down into the throat and activate the eosinophils which cause the eosinophilic esophagitis. For that reason, we do pollen skin testing as another type of testing for eosinophilic esophagitis.

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