Allergy Testing

Allergy Testing

Allergy Testing services offered in Fort Worth, TX

Mention allergies, and most people think about hay fever. But many allergies can threaten your health and wellness. Michael Bailey, DO, provides modern allergy testing at Elite Health Center, a private medical practice in Fort Worth, Texas. Dr. Bailey and his team test for environmental allergies, food allergies, and sensitivities that can cause significant health problems. Call the office today or request an appointment online to learn more or to schedule an allergy test.

Allergy Testing Q & A

Why would I need allergy testing?

Some allergies cause itching, congestion, and sneezing, making you miserable. These allergies can also make you irritable and tired.

Other allergies, sensitivities, and intolerances trigger inflammation that can affect any organ and system in your body, posing a threat to your health.

When you need help with allergies, sensitivities, or intolerances, your provider at Elite Health Center conducts allergy testing.

What if allergy testing reveals an allergy?

Environmental allergies can develop when your immune system overreacts to something that you touch or inhale, like:

  • Mold
  • Pollen
  • Dust mites
  • Poison ivy
  • Pet dander
  • Fragrances
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Soaps and detergents
  • Medications

With an environmental allergy, your treatment focuses on avoiding your allergens. To help desensitize your immune system, your Elite Health Center provider could use immunotherapy to treat seasonal allergies.

Food allergies can develop when your immune system reacts to an allergen in what you consume, whether it’s a food or beverage. Nearly all food allergies are treatable by eliminating the allergen from your diet.

What is the difference between an allergy, intolerance, and sensitivity?

The primary difference between an allergy, a sensitivity, and intolerance is that an allergy is characterized by an immune system reaction to a substance. A sensitivity involves no immune response, while intolerance is characterized by the body lacking a chemical or enzyme.

Sensitivities can initially cause gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, bloating, and diarrhea. After the intestinal barrier breaks down, inflammation spreads throughout your body, causing problems like skin rashes, osteoporosis, anemia, joint pain, headaches, and fatigue.

For example, gluten sensitivity occurs when these proteins trigger an immune attack on the lining of your small intestine. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye.

Symptoms of intolerance are usually the same as sensitivity, but intolerance is more serious than sensitivity. An allergy is more severe than intolerance.

Will allergy testing work for me?

You are a good candidate for allergy immunotherapy if you suffer from year round allergies or have a specific allergy issue. We will examine your symptoms and concerns to evaluate whether allergy testing is right for you.

If you need relief from seasonal allergies or get to the source of bodywide symptoms and illnesses, don’t delay. Call Elite Health Center or request an appointment online today.