When to See Us for Asthma and Allergy Testing
Can’t catch your breath? Visit the doctors at Brookwood Baptist Health for asthma and allergy testing in Birmingham, Alabama. The goal of our primary care services is to do everything we can to guard against preventable medical situations. That’s why getting an allergy or asthma test is so important. Instead of waiting until a severe allergic reaction or asthma attack happens, you can trust our professionals to help you pinpoint your triggers and take control of your condition.
There is no one cause or trigger to allergies or asthma—patients feel different symptoms in different situations that can include being around too much pollen or eating the wrong foods. But with our asthma and allergy testing, we can help you determine which factors cause your symptoms and prescribe the appropriate treatments, such as allergy shots, inhalers, or oral medications. Talk to our doctors if you or a loved one experiences any of the following:
- Nasal Congestion
- Shortness of Breath
- Chest Pain or Tightness
- Swollen Throat or Tongue
How We Perform Our Allergy Testing Services
Count on our skilled allergist to determine what you are allergic to using the appropriate testing methods. Depending on your age and certain medical factors, we perform a skin test or blood test to get the most accurate results.
Skin tests work by introducing the body to small amounts of different allergens so we can tell which one is your trigger. This can either be done by pricking the surface of the skin with the allergen or injecting the allergen directly. You may have a mild allergic reaction such as redness or swelling, but this is what helps us pinpoint exactly what the source of your symptoms is.
During a blood test, we draw blood and submit it to the laboratory for testing. This type of test is more appropriate for younger children and infants because it doesn’t cause as much irritation. However, you should also consider this type of test if you have a severe skin condition or are taking medication that can interfere with skin testing.
Breathe Easier by Getting an Asthma Test
You can get asthma suddenly at any age because it’s not strictly hereditary or environmental in nature—it’s both. It’s very important to see a doctor if you think you or a loved one suffers from asthma because it is a condition that restricts airflow and can lead to hospitalization or even death. With our thorough testing, we can not only let you know whether you have asthma, but also give you the resources and methods you need to manage it.
Call 844-692-2401 today to book an appointment and learn more about our allergy and asthma testing services. We proudly serve patients in Birmingham, Calera, Chelsea, Columbiana, and Gardendale, Alabama.