You've probably never had an allergy test before, but your physician recommends one after a recent reaction to something that didn't go well with your body. Ok, so you don't know what to expect, and it's making you so anxious. Well, we will break it down for you with a few tips on how best to prepare for allergy testing.
Yes, you read that right-relax. Honestly, getting an allergy test is not the worst medical procedure you'll ever experience. Relatively, it's a straightforward procedure. Allergy tests can be done through skin tests, blood tests, or diet elimination. After your doctor has examined your medical history and the signs and symptoms you are experiencing, they'll recommend the proper allergy test procedure to perform.
2. Get the proper medication.
Your physician should advise on what medication to take or stop taking. To help narrow down your medication options, avoid all steroid medications and nasal sprays a month before testing. If you are using any prescription antihistamines, it's recommended that you stop using them two weeks before testing. Two days before the allergy test, avoid caffeine products, alcohol, and chocolate.
3. Eat well on the appointment day
Whether you are taking a blood test or skin test, ensure that you've eaten well on the day of the appointment. Also, it's important to note that you need to avoid taking any food that might have caused an unusual reaction in the past.
4. Get something to distract you.
Allergy testing is done when you are fully conscious. You might consider carrying some entertainment or anything that might distract you and help ease the pain. You can bring a book or listen to your favorite podcast during the session. Another alternative option is streaming your favorite TV show as long as it does not interfere with the procedure. Before the appointment date, prepare some music or show you can watch in advance instead of trying to select them at that particular moment.
You'll be fine—don't sweat it!
As long as you are well prepared, especially psychologically, the allergy test will be a walk in the park. Also, consult your physician if you have a hard time remaining calm. Reading more about how the procedure is conducted will also help ease the tension or anxiety. At least, you will be well equipped with comprehensive knowledge of what to expect. With the above tips, you can comfortably go for allergy testing without worry much about the procedure.