Allergy Testing Specialist

Smart for Life

Primary Care Practice located in Boca Raton, FL

Allergies sometimes occur as a mild nuisance, but some types can cause potentially life-threatening reactions. Knowing what you’re allergic to through testing can help ensure that you get treatment for allergies. At Smart for Life®, Dr. Sasson Moulavi provides allergy testing for patients in Boca Raton, Florida. Dr. Moulavi also offers advice on avoiding allergens to reduce reactions.

Allergy Testing Q & A

Why do I have allergies?

Your body has an allergic reaction to something harmless, such as pet dander, when your immune system designates it as a threat. When this happens, your immune system makes antibodies and releases chemicals, including histamine, into your bloodstream. These chemicals cause the allergic reactions you experience, such as sneezing, hives, or breathing problems.

What are the symptoms of allergies?

The exact symptoms you experience with allergies depends on the type of allergen you’ve been exposed to. Some allergens affect your respiratory system, while others mainly affect your skin or digestive system. Some common signs of an allergic reaction include the following:

  • Coughing and wheezing
  • Sneezing
  • Runny nose
  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • Diarrhea
  • Hives
  • Breathing problems if your airway swells

What kinds of allergens are there?

You might be allergic to one or more of the following allergens:

  • Outdoor allergens, such as pollen, ragweed, and grass
  • Mold
  • Pet dander
  • Dust mites
  • Certain foods, such as peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, or soy
  • Insect stings
  • Certain antibiotics, such as penicillin
  • Certain chemicals found in household cleaning and personal hygiene products

What kinds of allergy tests are there?

Dr. Moulavi uses different types of allergy tests to help patients discern their allergies. Depending on which symptoms you have and when you have them, he might recommend a skin test for allergies. He might also order a blood test if a skin test doesn’t give him definitive results.

What can I expect from a skin test?

When you have a skin test done for allergies, Dr. Moulavi might inject a small amount of the allergen under your skin to see if there’s any reaction to it. Another method involves placing a drop of liquefied allergen on your skin and pricking this area. If you’re allergic to the allergen, your skin will develop a reddish bump in the affected area.

What are allergy treatments?

The kind of treatment you’ll need depends on the type of allergy you have. Dr. Moulavi might recommend avoiding allergens if possible and using nonprescription medications to relieve sneezing, itchy eyes, and other respiratory symptoms. For persistent allergies or for allergens you can’t avoid, he might recommend allergy shots to desensitize your immune system.

If you need allergy testing, please contact Smart for Life to set up an appointment with Dr. Moulavi.