What are the Risks in Allergy Testing?
While most tests involve pricking the skin, this should cause only a slight discomfort, and it is far less invasive than getting a shot. Allergy symptoms that arise out of a prick test or intradermal test typically go away within 1-2 hours. There is little to no chance of anaphylactic shock in healthy patients. 7
When Should You Get an Allergy Test?
Watch out for these symptoms. Book an appointment for an allergy test if these symptoms persist for more than a week or two, and especially if they keep coming back.
- Constant sneezing
- Itchy, runny, or blocked nose
- Itchy, red, or watery eyes
- Itchy, irritated throat
- Tightness in the chest
- Coughing or wheezing
- Sinus pain or pressure
Where Can You Book an Allergy Test?
There are many public and private clinics, hospitals, where you can get an allergy test in Singapore. It is best to call your long-time doctor or your primary care provider first to inquire if they can provide you the test, or to request for a referral or a recommendation to an allergy specialist.
Preparing for Your Allergy Test
It’s important to log your allergy symptoms before visiting the allergist. Additionally, disclose all of your medications to your allergist and discuss when you may need to discontinue the medication you’re taking prior to your test. Many doctors recommend discontinuing antihistamines three days to a week before a test for more accurate results
Following the results of the allergy test, you’ll be able to pinpoint the allergens causing your symptoms and begin preparing for when and how to anticipate your triggers. You will likely find that simple adjustments to your daily or night-time routine can prevent or limit the allergens from causing you discomfort and enjoy life to your fullest.