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Allergy Testing Specialists

First Care Medical Clinic -  - Family Practice

First Care Medical Clinic

Family Practice & Urgent Care located in Charlotte, Albemarle, Monroe, and Gastonia, NC and Rock Hill, SC

To accurately identify your allergy triggers, the team at First Care Medical Clinic offers comprehensive allergy testing on site at their offices in Monroe, Charlotte, Albemarle, and Gastonia, North Carolina, and Rock Hill, South Carolina. The providers can determine if your persistently stuffy nose or itchy skin are caused by allergies and recommend the right treatment plan to ease your symptoms. Schedule a consultation at the First Care Medical Clinic nearest you to learn more about your options for allergy testing by calling the office or requesting an appointment online now.

Allergy Testing Q & A

What are Allergies?

Allergies are your immune system’s overreaction to substances in your environment. When you’re exposed to certain substances, your body reacts in its own defense, creating antibodies that cause a variety of uncomfortable symptoms.

Some of the most common allergy triggers include:

  • Mold
  • Dust mites
  • Pollen
  • Insect bites/stings
  • Pet dander

You can also be allergic to certain foods or medications.

What are the Symptoms of Allergies?

Symptoms of seasonal or chronic allergies can be similar to those of a cold and vary in intensity from person to person. When exposed to your allergy triggers, you can experience:

  • Coughing
  • Runny nose
  • Nasal congestion
  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • Hives or skin rashes

For some, exposure to an allergen can trigger an anaphylactic reaction. Anaphylaxis is a potentially life-threatening condition that causes a number of systemic symptoms including sudden inflammation in your airways that makes it difficult to breathe. Without treatment, anaphylaxis can be fatal.

Why Should I Consider Allergy Testing?

If you’re unsure what substances are triggering your allergic reactions, the team at First Care Medical Clinic recommends allergy testing. The physicians carefully supervise testing to ensure you don’t experience any complications.

For many patients with suspected allergies, the providers perform in-office skin tests. This involves pricking your skin and adding a tiny amount of common allergens. If an itchy bump forms on the site, you test positive for an allergy to that allergen.

After they identify your allergens, the First Care Medical Clinic staff creates a treatment plan to ease your existing symptoms and prevent new reactions.

You may be a good candidate for treatment with immunotherapy, a process of exposing you to confirmed allergens over time to reduce your sensitivity to the substances. The goal of immunotherapy is to make it possible for you to be around an allergen without having a reaction.

Because everyone has unique needs for treating allergies, your First Care Medical Clinic provider customizes the composition and dosage of your immunotherapy specific to your needs to achieve optimum results.

If you suspect you have allergies and need an accurate diagnosis, schedule a consultation for allergy testing at the First Care Medical Clinic nearest you today by calling or using the online booking feature.