Allergy Testing

Ida Tetro, MD, DO -  - Board Certified Internal Medicine

112 GVR Medical P.C.

Ida Tetro, MD, DO

Board Certified Internal Medicine & Board-Certified Primary Care Physician located in Forest Hills, NY

If you suspect you have one or more allergies, getting tested is the best way to get on the path to relief. Allergy testing is one of many services available from Ida Tetro, MD, DO, and her team at 112 GVR Medical P.C. in Forest Hills, Queens. Learn more about allergy testing and how to manage allergies during a face-to-face consultation. Online scheduling is available, or you are always welcome to call her New York City office to check appointment availability.

Allergy Testing Q & A

What are allergies?

Allergies are a malfunction of the human immune system. They occur when your body perceives an otherwise harmless substance (the allergen) as a potential danger and launches a strong immune reaction in response.

Your body creates antibodies to fight the allergen. You can also develop sudden inflammation, which is a symptom of many allergies.

Substances that can trigger an allergic reaction include:

  • Pollen
  • Some medications
  • Latex
  • Bee stings
  • Mold
  • Shellfish
  • Dust mites
  • Pet dander
  • Tree nuts
  • Wheat
  • Milk

These are just a few of the many potential allergens. A wide range of substances can provoke an allergic reaction.

Not everyone experiences allergies, but for those who do, the symptoms can range from mildly irritating to debilitating. In extreme cases, allergies can be life-threatening.

How do I know if I have an allergy?

Knowing the symptoms of allergies can help you know when to seek medical care. Different types of allergies will cause different types of symptoms, including:

  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Sneezing
  • Itching eyes or skin
  • Swelling at the site of a bite or sting
  • Chest tightness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Hives
  • Swollen tongue, lips, or face
  • Skin irritation

If you encounter a sudden difficulty breathing, lose consciousness, or feel nauseous and begin vomiting, seek emergency medical attention right away. You could be experiencing anaphylaxis, a severe allergic reaction that can cause your body to go into shock.

What is allergy testing?

Environmental allergy testing is a simple process that determines if your body will create an allergic response to various common allergens. The process is safe, swift, and simple.

During your appointment, Dr. Tetro places droplets of potential allergens on your skin, and let it sit for 15 minutes before examining the outcome. If you’re allergic to that particular allergen, your skin will become slightly red and swollen within 15 minutes.

There’s no need for preparation or recovery time after allergy testing. The process is painless, and you’ll be back to your daily routine right after your visit.

Once Dr. Tetro identifies the substance that triggers your allergic reaction, she’ll work with you to find the best possible allergy treatment path for your specific set of needs.

Learn more during a one-on-one consultation, which you can book online or over the phone today.