Why allergy testing?

At our SFENTA office in Hollywood, FL, you will be managed by a physician specializing in allergies. With either blood tests or skin pricks, allergy testing allows us to detect if the body has an allergic reaction to specific elements.

Doctor examining a patient in a chair

What are the different methods of allergy testing at SFENTA?

Blood tests: blood tests are ideal for patients with sensitive skin who cannot tolerate skin tests. Blood allergy tests look for specific antibodies that are in your blood. We will simply draw a small amount of your blood and send it to the lab to look for allergy-related antibodies to complete this test.
Skin tests: skin tests for allergies are the quickest, easiest, and most affordable method — and are more reliable than blood tests. Skin allergy tests involve placing a small amount of a potential allergen on or beneath the skin to see if a reaction develops.

    Logo media

    What allergies can be found through testing?

    Our office in Hollywood, FL can test for a variety of environmental allergies, such as: 

    • Pollen from grasses
    • Trees
    • Weeds
    • Mold
    • Pet or animal dander
    • Dust mites
    • Insect stings

    Additionally, other allergens tests for food and drugs are available if needed. Contact us today to learn more about the exact allergens that can be tested.

      Logo media

      Who is a good candidate for allergy testing?

      If you suffer from continual allergic symptoms, such as rashes or hives on your skin, sneezing, coughing fits, a runny nose, or congestion, our providers can help ascertain if allergy testing is the most advantageous treatment choice for you. If allergies are not found to be the issue, we will suggest an alternate solution to help with your discomfort.

      Background media

      What to expect from blood allergy testing?

      Blood allergy testing is done by drawing a small sample of blood, which is then sent to an accredited laboratory. The most popular method for this type of test is enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). This technique looks at the levels of Immunoglobulin E in your bloodstream; higher concentrations are often seen in individuals with asthma or allergies. By using ELISA and monitoring IgE levels, your doctor can accurately diagnose any allergic reactions you may have.

        Woman's sinuses being examined by physician

        What to expect from skin testing?

        When you come to our SFENTA office in Hollywood, FL for your skin allergy test here is the process that will take place: 

        Your back or arm – whichever site of the test was selected - will be meticulously cleansed. Tiny drops of potential allergens are then placed on your skin and gently pricked with a needle allowing each allergen to enter beneath the surface; we may even inject it directly into your skin. 

        After around 15 minutes, an evaluation will be carried out looking for any red/itchy areas which would signify a possible allergic reaction to that allergen.

        Why choose SFENTA for your allergy testing?

        The SFENTA office in Hollywood, FL is one of South Florida’s premier providers of allergy testing, and customized effective allergy treatments.

        Allergy Testing FAQs

        Is there any downtime following allergy test procedures?

        Allergy testing doesn't require any recovery time and can be completed quickly. Though there might be some slight discomfort such as redness or swelling at the site of injection, you'll have no issues partaking in your regular activities immediately after the procedure.

        Which type of allergy testing is right for me?

        Your provider can determine which method is best for you, but the skin testing method is most used. Blood tests are generally performed on those who have sensitive skin and cannot tolerate the skin allergen test.

        With 37 convenient locations across the South Florida area, we’re never far away.

        Find your ENT Request Appointment
        Contact us media
        Accessibility: If you are vision-impaired or have some other impairment covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act or a similar law, and you wish to discuss potential accommodations related to using this website, please contact our Accessibility Manager at (305) 558-3724.