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By Everyone's ENT & Sinus Center
January 18, 2022
Category: ENT Procedures
Tags: Allergy Testing  

Get the facts on what to expect at your upcoming allergy test.

If you find yourself battling allergy symptoms regularly, or they are so severe that you’re in constant discomfort, then you may be wondering if you should turn to our San Antonio, TX, board-certified otolaryngologist Dr. Christine Gilliam for allergy testing. Here’s what to expect when you turn to Everyone’s ENT & Sinus Center for allergy testing,

The Types of Allergy Testing

When it comes to allergy testing the main type of test is a skin prick test, which looks for immediate reactions to specific allergens. These very tiny needles barely prick the skin, so it is considered painless. The test is performed on your forearm and usually takes no more than 30 minutes to one hour. After the skin has been pierced we will wait 15 minutes to see if there is a reaction. We perform allergy testing right here in our San Antonio, TX, office.

If there isn’t a reaction but our team still believes that you might have allergies, we may recommend a skin injection test, which involves injecting a small dose of the allergen directly under the skin to see if this causes a reaction. This is performed the exact same way as a skin prick test.

When to Get a Blood Allergy Test

While a skin prick test tends to be the gold standard it isn’t the only way to detect allergies. If you are someone who deals with anaphylaxis or severe allergy symptoms, then our San Antonio, TX, otolaryngologist may recommend blood testing over a skin prick test. If you have a skin condition such as eczema, a blood test may also be preferred over a skin prick test, which could aggravate symptoms.

Talk to Your Doctor About the Medications You’re Taking

Did you know that certain medications could actually inhibit an allergic reaction and therefore cause a false negative on your allergy test? This is the last thing we want to have happen, as this delays your ability to get the proper diagnosis and allergy treatment you need.

During your consultation, it’s important that you list all prescription and over-the-counter medications you’re taking, including antidepressants, heartburn medication and even antihistamines. Let us know all the medications you’re currently taking so we can instruct you as to when you should stop taking these medications before your allergy testing.

Get Results Right Away

It’s easy to spot an allergic reaction on your skin prick test, which also means that you’ll receive results immediately when getting allergy testing at our San Antonio, TX, office. If you have to get a blood allergy test, expect it to take up to two weeks to get results.

Everyone’s ENT & Sinus Center is the leading ear, nose and throat team in San Antonio, TX. If you’re interested in getting allergy testing to find out what’s causing your symptoms, call our office at (210) 647-3838 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Gilliam.

By Everyone's ENT & Sinus Center
January 18, 2022
Category: ENT Procedures
Tags: Sinusitis  

Get the facts on what to expect at your upcoming allergy test.

If you find yourself battling allergy symptoms regularly, or they are so severe that you’re in constant discomfort, then you may be wondering if you should turn to our San Antonio, TX, board-certified otolaryngologist Dr. Christine Gilliam for allergy testing. Here’s what to expect when you turn to Everyone’s ENT & Sinus Center for allergy testing,

The Types of Allergy Testing

When it comes to allergy testing the main type of test is a skin prick test, which looks for immediate reactions to specific allergens. These very tiny needles barely prick the skin, so it is considered painless. The test is performed on your forearm and usually takes no more than 30 minutes to one hour. After the skin has been pierced we will wait 15 minutes to see if there is a reaction. We perform allergy testing right here in our San Antonio, TX, office.

If there isn’t a reaction but our team still believes that you might have allergies, we may recommend a skin injection test, which involves injecting a small dose of the allergen directly under the skin to see if this causes a reaction. This is performed the exact same way as a skin prick test.

When to Get a Blood Allergy Test

While a skin prick test tends to be the gold standard it isn’t the only way to detect allergies. If you are someone who deals with anaphylaxis or severe allergy symptoms, then our San Antonio, TX, otolaryngologist may recommend blood testing over a skin prick test. If you have a skin condition such as eczema, a blood test may also be preferred over a skin prick test, which could aggravate symptoms.

Talk to Your Doctor About the Medications You’re Taking

Did you know that certain medications could actually inhibit an allergic reaction and therefore cause a false negative on your allergy test? This is the last thing we want to have happen, as this delays your ability to get the proper diagnosis and allergy treatment you need.

During your consultation, it’s important that you list all prescription and over-the-counter medications you’re taking, including antidepressants, heartburn medication and even antihistamines. Let us know all the medications you’re currently taking so we can instruct you as to when you should stop taking these medications before your allergy testing.

Get Results Right Away

It’s easy to spot an allergic reaction on your skin prick test, which also means that you’ll receive results immediately when getting allergy testing at our San Antonio, TX, office. If you have to get a blood allergy test, expect it to take up to two weeks to get results.

Everyone’s ENT & Sinus Center is the leading ear, nose and throat team in San Antonio, TX. If you’re interested in getting allergy testing to find out what’s causing your symptoms, call our office at (210) 647-3838 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Gilliam.

By Everyone's ENT & Sinus Center
January 18, 2022
Category: ENT
Tags: ear infection  


Depending on how old your child is, you may not always know when they’re suffering from an ear infection. If they’re old enough to tell you that they have ear pain, you can take them to their ENT doctor as soon as possible, but it’s important to know what to do when your child is suffering from an ear infection and how to spot the signs. Dr. Christine Gilliam, your pediatric ENT at Everyone’s ENT & Sinus Center in San Antonio, TX, can explain what to do when your child has an ear infection and how you can help them feel as comfortable as possible.

What to do When Your Child Has an Ear Infection

It’s fairly common for young children to deal with ear infections, but they can be painful and irritating, especially if it happens often. It’s important for you to be able to spot the signs of an ear infection so that you know when to take your child to their pediatric ENT in San Antonio, TX, and how you can help soothe some of their symptoms.

If your child is old enough to tell you about their ear pain, you can ask them where the pain is and what it feels like to see if it matches up with the symptoms of an ear infection. If your child is too young to speak, you can check for signs that they may be in pain when they suck or swallow and if they’re crying from that pressure change in their ear.

Your child’s ENT may prescribe antibiotics to deal with the infection in your child’s ear and you can help soothe their pain by icing the ear. You can ask your doctor if over-the-counter pain medications are okay to give your child as well. If their ear infections are chronic and continue happening, they may need surgery to install tubes in their ears to help with the drainage of built-up fluids.

Contact Your Pediatric ENT Today!

Don’t panic when your child has an ear infection. Contact Dr. Christine Gilliam, your pediatric ENT at Everyone’s ENT & Sinus Center in San Antonio, TX, to learn more about what to do when your child has an ear infection. Call today at (210) 647-3838.

By Everyone's ENT & Sinus Center
September 14, 2021
Category: Allergy Testing
Tags: Allergy Test  

Allergies affect people all year long, but they reach their peak during spring and winter. Allergies are usually manifested by a runny nose, sneezing, and watery eyes. If you are suffering from allergies, you can confirm with allergy testing in San Antonio, TX, from Dr. Christine Gilliam, your physician at Everyone's ENT and Sinus Center.

What are the symptoms of allergies?

Patients with an allergy will suffer from the following symptoms:

  • Rash or itchy skin
  • Irritation in the eyes, nose, and throat
  • Runny nose and watery eyes
  • Coughing and wheezing
  • Diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting if the allergy is because of certain foods

What is allergy testing?

An allergy test can help the physician and the patient determine what allergen caused their allergy. There are three types of allergy tests; the skin test, the challenge test, and the blood test. The skin test is performed by injecting a small amount of the allergen into the skin. The physician will wait for 20 minutes to see if there are any signs of an allergic reaction or are not.

The second allergy test is the challenge test. It is performed to find out if the patient has any food allergies. In this testing method, the physician will ask the patient to ingest a small amount of the allergen, and then they will check for any symptoms.

The last test is the blood test, and it's usually done when there is a skin condition that prevents the physician from performing a skin test because of the high risk of severe allergic reaction or inaccurate results. A blood sample is taken from the patient and tested in a laboratory for the presence of antibodies.

Allergy testing in San Antonio, TX, will help you control your allergic symptoms by detecting the causing allergens so you can avoid exposure to them.

Contact us

If you have any questions about allergy testing in San Antonio, TX, contact Dr. Gilliam of Everyone's ENT and Sinus Center. Call us at (210) 647-3838 and book your appointment today!

By Everyone's ENT & Sinus Center
June 07, 2021
Category: Allergy Testing
Tags: Allergy Testing  

It’s important to know what you may be allergic to in order to know what you need to avoid or what could be making you feel bad in certain seasons. Dr. Christine Gilliam at Everyone’s ENT and Sinus Center in San Antonio, TX, can help you find out what you may be allergic to through allergy testing.

How Allergy Testing Can Help You

Your allergist in San Antonio, TX, will probably recommend that you get tested for allergies if you exhibit symptoms after being exposed to certain elements. Some common symptoms you may notice are:

  • Itchy skin
  • Itchy eyes, nose, or throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Coughing
  • Chest congestion
  • Cramping, diarrhea, or vomiting after ingesting certain foods
  • Severe reaction to an insect bite or sting

If you notice any of these symptoms, it may be time to visit your allergist to get allergy testing and make life more comfortable by being able to avoid allergic reactions. Depending on what your symptoms are, there are different types of allergy tests that your doctor will perform. Types of tests include:

  • Skin Test- Your doctor will inject a small amount of an allergen into your skin. You will then wait at least twenty minutes to see if there is a reaction. From there, your doctor can write down which allergens your skin reacted to and what you’re allergic to.
  • Challenge Test- Your doctor will have you inhale or eat a small amount of a specific allergen. This will help your allergist determine what foods or medications you may be allergic to.
  • Blood Test- Your doctor will take a blood sample and have it sent to the laboratory and will take a little more time than the other tests. This test is used specifically if you may have a skin condition that would interfere with the skin test.

Contact Your Doctor Today!

Make your life more comfortable by making sure that you contact your allergist to get an allergy test today! Contact Dr. Gilliam at Everyone’s ENT and Sinus Center in San Antonio, TX, at (210) 647-3838.





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