Allergy Testing

Chicago - Millennium Park Medical Associates

Internal Medicine located in The Loop & Lakeview, Chicago, IL

If sneezing, itchy or watery eyes, and nasal congestion are part of your everyday routine, symptom relief is available at Millennium Park Medical Associates in the Loop and the Lakeview neighborhoods of Chicago, Illinois. Farah Khan, MD, FACP, and the expert team of board-certified internal medicine specialists offers allergy testing and treatment to reduce symptoms and help you breathe easier. Schedule an appointment with Millennium Park Medical Associates over the phone or online today.

Allergy Testing Q & A

What are allergies?

Allergies are your body’s response to certain substances, or allergens, that don’t bother most other people. Your body might react negatively after being exposed to:

  • Pollen
  • Ragweed
  • Dust mites
  • Mold spores
  • Pet dander
  • Insect stings
  • Certain foods
  • Medications
  • Latex

You’re more likely to develop an allergy if you have a family history of allergies or asthma, but anybody can experience allergic reactions.

What are the symptoms of allergies?

If you experience the following signs or symptoms, allergies might be to blame:

  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Sneezing
  • Itchy, watery, red, or swollen eyes
  • Hives or a rash
  • Itchy skin
  • Facial or throat swelling
  • Chest tightness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing

In the case of a severe allergic reaction, you may experience anaphylaxis, a life-threatening condition in which difficulty breathing, lightheadedness, a weak pulse, nausea, vomiting, or even loss of consciousness can occur.

What is allergy testing?

To find out if you have allergies, and which substances your body is allergic to, Dr. Khan and the Millennium Park Medical Associates team review your medical history and symptoms. They also complete a physical exam and one or more of the following in-house allergy tests:

Blood tests

Your provider can use blood tests to detect specific allergy-causing antibodies in your bloodstream.

Asthma testing

Your allergy specialist might have you complete asthma tests in addition to allergy testing. They offer lung function tests, where you breathe in or out of special devices before and after taking bronchodilator medications.

How are allergies treated?

Your customized allergy treatment plan might include:

  • Allergy avoidance
  • Oral medications
  • Nasal sprays
  • Eye drops
  • Allergy shots
  • Inhalers
  • Emergency epinephrine

Emergency epinephrine is a special injectable medication you can use in the case of a life-threatening allergic reaction. 

Don't live with unpleasant or dangerous symptoms of allergies and asthma. Schedule an allergy testing appointment with Millennium Park Medical Associates over the phone or online today.