Allergy Testing Specialist

Annu Mohan, MD -  - Family Medicine

Rosewood Healthcare & Medical Spa

Annu Mohan, MD

Family Medicine located in Mt Pleasant, MI

More than 24 million Americans, including over 6 million children, live with allergies. If you’re one of them, finding relief is critical to your well-being. Rosewood Health Care & Medical Spa, in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, offers expert allergy testing and customized treatments to help you manage your allergy symptoms and lead a healthy, active life. Call Rosewood Health Care & Medical Spa or schedule an appointment online today.

Allergy Testing Q & A

What is allergy testing?

If you or your child live with allergies, uncovering the specific substances that trigger your symptoms is essential to finding the treatments and lifestyle adjustments necessary to protect your health. Allergy testing is a method of isolating substances to identify the exact cause of your symptoms.

Rosewood Health Care & Medical Spa offers skin testing for allergens. During this test — sometimes referred to as a scratch test — your provider makes a small scratch on your skin and applies a diluted amount of a suspected allergen. They monitor your skin for signs of an allergic reaction. Your provider may test for several allergens during the same appointment, making a small grid or row of test sites on your skin.

Allergy testing is safe and carried out under constant supervision. If you show any signs of a severe allergic reaction or anaphylaxis, a doctor is on-hand to provide immediate treatment.

What causes allergies?

Allergies occur when your immune system misinterprets a typically benign substance — known as an allergen — as a threat and releases immunoglobulin E antibodies and histamines to fight off the perceived threat. The antibodies and histamines trigger allergic symptoms such as a stuffy nose, watery eyes, and hives.

Some common allergens include:

  • Pollen
  • Dust and mold
  • Pet dander
  • Medicines like penicillin
  • Foods including peanuts, shellfish, dairy, and eggs
  • Latex

Allergies can develop at any time during your life. Your allergic reactions can also range in severity and change at any time. For example, a mild allergic response could become unexpectedly severe.

What is the treatment for allergies?

Once the team at Rosewood Health Care & Medical Spa has identified your allergens, they create an individualized treatment plan to help you manage your condition.

Avoidance is an essential part of allergy treatment. They suggest lifestyle modifications to limit your risk of coming into contact with your allergen. Rosewood Health Care & Medical Spa can also prescribe medication like antihistamines to reduce and control your symptoms so you can maintain a healthy and active life.

If you or a member of your family are living with disruptive allergies, call Rosewood Health Care & Medical Spa or schedule an appointment for allergy testing online today.