Allergy testing and allergy therapy
For a precise diagnosis of allergies and intolerance reactions, the detailed collection of the medical history is necessary, on the basis of which the necessary examinations such as skin tests and laboratory diagnostics are carried out. In my practice, I offer the entire spectrum of allergy diagnostics and therapy.
Exact survey of the medical history with detailed questioning about the onset of symptoms and seasons.
Allergy test using skin testing (prick test) and a laboratory test. Symptomatic control with nasal sprays.
Therapy of the allergy with a specific immunotherapy via the oral mucosa (SLIT) or as an injection (SCIT).
What types of allergies are there?
Hay fever and allergic rhinitis
Up to 30% of children and adults suffer from hay fever or allergic rhinitis. Patients with allergic rhinitis have a 20-40% risk of developing bronchial asthma after 5 years. That is why an accurate diagnosis and targeted therapy are so important. In my surgery, I offer an allergy check if you suspect hay fever or a persistent allergic cold.
Accurate diagnosis is important to rule out an intolerance reaction to certain carbohydrates, histamine intolerance, a reaction to toxins, gluten or wheat intolerance, irritable bowel syndrome, or organic structural changes in the gastrointestinal tract. If a food allergy is suspected, an assessment by a gastroenterologist is recommended.
Certain medications trigger allergic skin reactions in some patients. With a precise diagnosis, it is possible to identify the trigger of the hypersensitivity reaction and to provide important information for future drug care. A clarification in case of suspected drug allergy is carried out by specialists in dermatology.
Which allergy test do I offer?
In my practice, every diagnosis starts with a detailed questioning about your medical history. On the basis of this I then decide on the further diagnostic procedure.
If there is a suspicion of one, a skin test, the so-called prick test, can be carried out in my surgery. The skin prick test is the most popular allergy test procedure. His name already announces what happens: “Prick” means “sting” or “stab”. An allergen-containing solution is applied to the skin and it is lightly scratched. The liquid penetrates the skin and, in the event of an allergy, triggers a skin reaction in the appropriate area. If you are not allergic to a substance, nothing will happen to the affected area of the skin. This gives you precise proof of allergies – quickly and on an outpatient basis in my ENT practice.
A blood test can be used to determine the free IgE antibodies in the blood. The measurement of these allergen-specific IgE antibodies provides an exact diagnosis of the type of sensitization, but does not allow any conclusions to be drawn about the type and severity of the allergy symptoms. In addition, an increased IgE value can also indicate other diseases: such as parasite infestation or certain skin diseases such as Quincke’s edema or exanthema. Therefore, further analyzes are often necessary.
Numerous standardized test substances for the determination of specific immunoglobulin E antibodies in blood serum are available for diagnostics, such as:
- Pollen (including birch, alder, hazel, ash, grass and cereal, mugwort, ragweed and other herb pollen)
- House dust mites and storage mites
- Animals (e.g. cats, dogs, horses, rodents, birds)
- Mould spores (including Alternaria, Cladosporium, Aspergillus)
How much does an allergy check cost?
Anamnesis, review and discussion of previous findings, ENT status including endoscopy of the nose, paranasal sinuses, nasopharynx and larynx as well as prick test and blood test
Allergy therapy with the syringe
Specific immunotherapy (SCIT) with the injection under the skin including monitoring
After the treatment you will receive a fee note. If you wish, I can support you in submitting the fee note to your health insurance company! Payment can currently be made in cash or by card (Maestro, V PAY, Mastercard or VISA).