How Long Does it Take to Get Allergy Test Results?
Allergies can cause all kinds of uncomfortable and even dangerous reactions in the body, ranging from runny noses to anaphylaxis. At Dr. Avi Ishaaya Centers in Los Angeles, CA, we believe allergy testing is an important part of maintaining your health and well-being. Though allergy testing is generally quick and virtually painless, waiting for the results can cause some anxiety. So, how long does it take to get your test results?
It can take anywhere from a few days to weeks, depending on what is being done. Below, our team of experienced professionals will explain the different types of tests we offer and how Dr. Avi Ishaaya works to deliver results as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Also called the prick-puncture test, this is the most common form of allergy testing. During this appointment, a small amount of allergen extract is placed just beneath the skin to see if there is a reaction. This test takes about 15 – 20 minutes and is performed in the comfort of our office. Dr. Ishaaya can test for multiple allergens like pollen, pet dander, dust mites, and more.
Results for the scratch test can be seen almost immediately because the skin will have a visible reaction if there is an allergy. However, a delayed reaction is also possible. Our staff can provide you with more information on how to interpret your outcomes.
Sometimes, allergies are so severe that a scratch test is not safe. In this case, Dr. Ishaaya can order a blood test. This involves drawing a sample of blood and sending it to a lab in Los Angeles, CA, for analysis. A blood test can detect specific antibodies to a particular allergen, providing more detailed information than a scratch test. However, results from a blood test can take anywhere from a few days to weeks. We will notify you as soon as we get the results.
Dairy products, shellfish, nuts, soy, and eggs are common food allergies. If you suspect that you are allergic to a certain type of food, Dr. Ishaaya may ask you to participate in an elimination diet. This involves removing specific foods from your diet for a period of time and then slowly reintroducing them to see if there is a reaction.
This method can take several weeks or months to complete as it requires a strict diet and close monitoring of symptoms. Dr. Ishaaya may also suggest keeping a food journal to track your meals and any potential reactions.
When should I get an allergy test?
If you have symptoms such as sneezing, skin rashes, hives, difficulty breathing, or another form of discomfort that could be caused by allergies, you should book an allergy test. Getting tested can mean getting the help you need, whether you need to avoid certain allergens, take medication, or receive treatment. Our team at Dr. Avi Ishaaya Centers is dedicated to providing accurate and timely results so that you can take control of your allergies as soon as possible.
Schedule your allergy test in Los Angeles, CA
Whether you need a scratch test, blood test, or want to participate in an elimination diet, Dr. Avi Ishaaya Centers has you covered. Contact our office in Los Angeles, CA, for your appointment and take the first step toward better health and well-being. Dr. Avi Ishaaya can provide expertise and comprehensive support.