Allergy Clinic Vancouver, WA
Looking for an allergy clinic in Vancouver, WA? Look no further than Columbia Asthma & Allergy Clinic. We have 2 allergy clinics near you in Fisher’s Landing & Salmon Creek. Please call us today to schedule an appointment.
What should I expect from my first visit to an allergy clinic?
Typically, the very first physician that the majority of people see for allergies is their primary care doctor. But, when a patient’s itchy eyes, drippy nose, and watery eyes continue to affect their quality of life and get them down, despite all available over-the-counter medications and prescription medications, then it is finally the time to schedule an appointment to see an allergy specialist or allergist. If you, or someone you know, are experiencing symptoms of coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath or some serious sinus infections, then talk to your primary care doctor about referring you to see an allergist as soon as possible. A board-certified allergist is highly-trained to look all possibilities that may indicate that a patient has allergies. These indications will include your family history, your overall physical health and any history of allergy symptoms. The allergist is able to put all the information together and conduct specialized diagnostic tests to help them reach a proper diagnosis and help set up an individualized, customized treatment plan.
What is an allergy test?
There are a couple of different ways for allergists to test for allergies in their patients. The most commonly used allergy test is the skin prick test. This test allows the allergist to take a small amount of liquid allergen and place it onto an area on the patient’s arm or back. If a small raised bump appears due to the liquid allergen, this simply means that the patient is sensitive to it and is therefore allergic. The testing itself is done relatively quickly, the whole process of testing roughly takes about 30 minutes – and this is making sure that it is done accurately and in a timely manner for the patient.
In some cases, the allergy specialist or allergist will recommend the patient to take a blood test. This is only typically done if there happens to be a specific reason that the patient is unable to undergo the skin tests. Some of these reasons may include sensitive skin, perhaps the patient has eczema or psoriasis, or perhaps the patient is taking prescription medication that would affect the skins reaction to the skin test.
How long will it take to get the results back from my allergy tests?
The Columbia Asthma & Allergy Clinic in Vancouver, WA is proud to have its very own in-house lab facility for in-vitro allergy testing. This in-house lab testing truly distinguishes us from all the other allergy clinics in the area. Having our own laboratory allows for our allergy specialists, allergists and patients to get the results they need in order to be able to prescribe treatments and begin treatments much more quickly. Our facility also provides clinical lab services for patients who are receiving medical care at another facility – in addition, our lab also offers free specimen pickup and a 24-hour turnaround time for patients to receive their laboratory results.
Why should I go to Columbia Asthma & Allergy for my allergy testing?
At Columbia Asthma & Allergy Clinic, we are fully dedicated to providing all of our patients with the treatment they need to overcome their allergies and allergy symptoms. Helping them do this will benefit them, and they can enjoy their life without any fear or worry when allergy season arrives. We offer proven immunotherapy treatment plans that are fully tailored to each patient’s unique needs and can also assist with slowly building up a tolerance to the allergens that, at one time, made them miserable. Don’t let allergies get the best of you and trust our board-certified allergists at the best allergy clinic near you in Vancouver, WA.