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 nasal swelling
insect sting reactions
allergic drug reactions
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.