The information we’re giving you in this section is to give you an idea of what you might be able to expect at your allergy testing appointment. If you have any questions or concerns about any of the steps or procedures we’re outlining here, do have a chat with your doctor before the test.
Your doctor is likely to ask you questions about your symptoms. Questions such as how badly they affect you, when they occur and how long they last. Keeping a regular log of your symptoms can be useful for talking them through with your doctor.
Since allergy tends to run in families, you might be asked if anyone in your family has ever had hay fever (allergic rhinitis), asthma or eczema.
Your doctor may want to perform a simple examination, such as looking at your eyes, ears, nose and throat. If your symptoms affect your chest, like coughing or wheezing (that whistling sound made when breathing in) and your doctor is concerned about asthma, you might be asked to do a lung function test.
If your allergy symptoms are mild and the cause is obvious, your doctor will be able to offer advice and discuss treatment options with you. But if your allergy is more severe or it’s not clear what’s causing your symptoms, you may be referred for allergy testing. This testing usually takes place at an allergy specialist’s office.