Dr. Arthur Allen of Murray ENT recently started offering a region-specific allergy test that covers 30 potential allergens.
The test reveals which common allergens affect the body, and to what extent. The allergens tested range from Western Kentucky trees and plants to standard triggers, like dogs and cats. After reading the test results, Allen can help the body build natural defenses against the allergens with a series of custom-made allergy shots.
“Most people take allergy relief medicine or are forced to avoid contact with certain things that cause reactions. The allergy shots, however, are a long-term solution that helps the body learn to adapt to the allergens and stops the reaction,” Allen said.
The allergy test is comprised of small doses of allergens administered just under the skin of the arm. Within minutes of using the test, the staff can identify and measure how severely the body is reacting to each allergen. Once the data is recorded, the staff gives patients a custom treatment. The weekly doses can be given quickly, so patients don’t have to schedule an appointment.
“As the body continues to grow and develop, it can become allergic to things it was not previously allergic to,” Allen said. “This is especially true if you have been traveling a lot or have moved to a new area.”
For more information on allergy testing and allergy relief, contact Murray ENT at 762-1567.