Chronic sinus conditions can sometimes be traced to allergies. When the body comes into contact with an allergen – something that produces a negative physical reaction – it produces histamine, a chemical that causes swelling and inflammation. The allergens that cause the most sinus issues are the ones we inhale, such as molds and pollens. Once we have gathered your medical history, evaluated your sinuses, and examined your ears, nose, throat and head, you will be ready for allergy testing in our Nashville or Tullahoma clinics.
Skin Prick Testing can identify up to 40 different allergies at one sitting. Our staff will draw small marks on your forearm and apply a drop of allergen extract next to each mark. A lancet (needle) will barely penetrate the surface on your skin. The discomfort is momentary, and there is no bleeding.
Allergy tests not only establish the presence of allergies but also measure their severity. This will help our team determine if treatments like immunotherapy are right for you. Once we can pinpoint allergens that are causing your symptoms, we can help you formulate a plan to reduce your exposure to them.