Do you have patients who suffer from seasonal allergies? Did you know that the most effective way of figuring out what those allergies are is skin “scratch” testing? Did you know that you can treat those allergies with FDA approved sublingual drops?
NFM is very excited to be offering skin scratch allergy testing. It is an easy and quick method of determining allergy triggers. At NFM we use GREER Allergy testing and test for several allergens specific to the Pacific Northwest as well as a few common food allergens.
The “scratch” testing is done using a devise that is dipped in the allergen and then placed on the top of the skin firmly to get the allergen under the top layer of skin. This is a painless procedure and is well tolerated by all ages (as young as 5 years old)! Skin “scratch” testing is also covered by most insurance (though may be subject to a deductible).
Conditions that skin scratch testing can help treat:
- Chronic sinus conditions
- Seasonal allergies
- Chronic ear concerns
- Environmental reactions
- Hay fever
**Patients need to discontinue their allergy medication for 3 days prior to testing**