What Types of Allergies Can Be Diagnosed Through Testing?

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We all know that allergies can cause discomfort or even serious health issues. But did you know that there are different kinds of allergies, and each requires specific testing for an accurate diagnosis?

Below, Dr. Avi Ishaaya reviews common triggers for allergies and how each one can be identified through a scratch test, blood test, or elimination diet. Call Dr. Avi Ishaaya Centers to book an appointment in Beverly Hills, CA. We understand your concerns and can provide a custom treatment plan to help manage your allergy symptoms.

Environmental factors

Environmental allergies, sometimes known as seasonal allergies, are triggered by substances in nature, such as trees, flowers, and pollens. Allergy symptoms generally include sneezing, runny nose, and itchy eyes. Unfortunately, grasses and flowering plants can be difficult to avoid as they are all around us, especially during certain times of the year.


Mold is a fungus that grows in damp and dark areas, such as bathrooms, basements, and even in the air conditioning units of many homes and offices. Mold types like fusarium, helminthosporium, and hormodendrum can trigger issues similar to those of environmental allergies. However, they may lead to long-term respiratory problems such as coughing, wheezing, and difficulty breathing.

Animals, bugs, and rodents

Animal allergens are not only limited to pet hair or dander. They can also be found in saliva, urine, and even skin cells. This means that even if you do not have a pet at home, you can still be exposed to animal allergens in public places, such as parks or buses in Beverly Hills, CA. Here are some animals that could trigger allergies:

  • Cats and dogs
  • Horses, cows, and other farm animals
  • Animals with feathers, such as birds and chickens
  • Insects like cockroaches, dust mites, and even stinging insects such as bees and wasps
  • Rodents, including mice and rats


Food allergies are becoming increasingly common and may be more severe compared to environmental allergies. Some examples of food allergens include gluten, dairy products, nuts, eggs, shellfish, and soy. However, it is important to note that some people have sensitivities or intolerances to certain foods without having a true allergy.

The difference between allergies and sensitivities is that an allergy triggers an immune response. This means that even a small amount of the trigger food causes severe reactions like hives, swelling, and difficulty breathing. On the other hand, food sensitivities may only lead to uncomfortable digestive issues.

What allergy testing do you offer?

At Dr. Avi Ishaaya Centers, we use a variety of methods to accurately diagnose allergies so patients can receive the proper treatment:

  • Scratch test: A small amount of an allergen is placed on your skin, and then the area is gently scratched. If you are allergic to that substance, you should develop a raised bump or rash at the site.
  • Blood test: A small blood sample is taken and tested for specific antibodies that indicate an allergic response to certain substances.
  • Elimination diet: This method involves removing suspected trigger foods from your diet for a short time and then slowly reintroducing them while monitoring for any reactions.

Get comprehensive allergy testing and treatment

You should not let allergy symptoms control your life. If you live in the Beverly Hills, CA area, contact Dr. Avi Ishaaya Centers for comprehensive allergy testing, including scratch tests, blood tests, and elimination diets. We are committed to helping people find relief and improve their quality of life. Allow Dr. Avi Ishaaya and his team to find the root cause of your allergies today.

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