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Asthma & Allergy Clinic of Hattiesburg, PLLC has the only board-certified subspecialists in asthma, allergy and immunology in the Pine Belt area. Give us a call if you experience:

  • allergic hives
  • allergic nasal swelling
  • insect sting reactions
  • allergic drug reactions
  • eosinophilic esophagitis
  • allergic food reactions

Skin tests are methods of testing for allergic antibodies.  A test consists of introducing small amounts of the suspected substance, or allergen, into the skin and noting the development of a positive reaction (which consists of a wheal, swelling, or flare in the surrounding area of redness). The results are read at 15 to 20 minutes after the application of the allergen.

The oral food challenge involves eating a serving of the allergic food in a slow, graded fashion under medical supervision.  The food challenge procedure is the most accurate test to determine whether a food needs to be avoided or will no longer need to be avoided.