Charlotte and its surrounding areas are consistently ranked among the most severe in the United States for allergy symptoms due to airborne allergens. If you have symptoms that occur in two or more seasons or that occur on a year-round basis and are not well controlled despite medical management and environmental avoidance measures, we recommend scheduling an appointment to discuss if allergy testing is indicated.
At our clinic we have a carefully selected panel of airborne allergens that we use for allergy testing. These include a variety of pollens (tree, grass, and weed pollen) that cause seasonal allergy symptoms along with other airborne allergens including dust mites, mold, and animal dander that can contribute to year-round allergy symptoms.
At our clinic we perform a combination of percutaneous (also known as prick testing) and intradermal skin testing (a test where a small amount of an allergen is injected into the arm). These tests are performed following the Modified Quantitative Testing (MQT) protocol of the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy (AAOA). For young children who will not tolerate intradermal skin testing, allergy testing can be completed with just percutaneous (prick) testing.
Blood testing for airborne allergens can be performed. Blood testing also known as RAST testing is typically more expensive and is generally considered less sensitive than skin testing. Its use is generally limited to select cases where patients cannot have skin testing performed.