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Steven Rosenberg
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Orlando
Allergy and Asthma
Allergy and Asthma Associates of Central Florida
1890 S.R. 436, Ste 215
Winter Park
FL
32792

My doctor has told me that I have allergies, and he has suggested that I have an allergy evaluation.  I have heard of both skin testing and RAST testing.  What is the difference?

Skin testing is where small quantities of the allergen in question is applied or injected into the skin to see if an individual will develop a local ration (wheal and flare) to the allergen in question.  RAST test is where blood is taken and evaluated for the presence of the allergic antibody.  Both are reliable tests. With skin testing one can find which allergens he/she is allergic to within 20 minutes.Skin testing is generally thought to be more sensitive that RAST testing.

I have been told by my physician that I may have allergens, should I consult with an Allergist?

An allergist is a physician who is board certified in either Pediatric or Internal Medicine as well as in the specialty of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunologist.  An allergist specializes in all aspects of allergic disease including Allergic Rhinitis, Asthma, Medication and Food Allergy, allergic skin disease and insect allergy. If an individual feel that their symptoms cannot be controlled with the use of an over the counter medication, consultation by an Allergist may be of benefit.

 

Are sinus infections and allergies related?

Allergy symptoms like sneezing, itching, runny nose, watery eyes, and nasal congestion may block the sinus openings and lead to sinus infections also known as “sinusitis”. Continual allergy symptoms may make it difficult to resolve the sinus infection. Therefore, if you have repeated or chronic allergy symptoms you should see an Allergist for an evaluation. Often the sinus problem will not resolve until the allergies are addressed.Simple allergy testing can reveal the source of the allergen and with successful allergy treatment, the number of sinusitis episodes can be decreased greatly.

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