Allergy Testing Specialist

Fast Access Healthcare

Primary Care Practice located in Chattanooga, TN

Chattanooga, Tennessee ranks in the top five worst cities in the United States for asthma and allergies. For a quick and painless diagnosis, Fast Access Healthcare -- with seven locations in Chattanooga and the surrounding suburbs -- offers in-house, no-needle allergy testing, along with treatments that help you manage them. If your allergies are interfering with your everyday activities, call or drop by one of the Fast Access clinics for a quick allergy test and treatment plan today.

Allergy Testing Q & A

How do I know if I have allergies?

You might already know that chronic itchy eyes, nose, and throat are tell-tale signs of an allergy. But they’re not the only indicators you might be suffering from an allergy. Other allergy symptoms include:

  • Cough
  • Rash or hives
  • Nausea, vomiting, or abdominal pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fever
  • Headaches or fatigue

What is no-needle allergy testing?

The no-needle allergy test is a skin prick test. A few potential allergens are scratched on the surface of your skin, as many as 80 different allergens. If the area flares up or becomes itchy, you may have identified the allergen that’s troubling you.

The no-needle allergy testing offered at Fast Access Healthcare gives you results in 30 minutes or less.

What allergies are tested?

Fast Access Healthcare can test for the most common allergens, which includes:

  • Mold, dust, and mites
  • Pollen
  • Pet dander
  • Food allergens

Is this no-needle allergy test safe?

The no-needle allergy test is considered very safe. Your doctor only places a small amount of the allergen on your skin, and they closely monitor you for any severe reactions, which are rare, throughout the test.

How are allergies treated?

Once you know what causes your allergic reaction, the doctors at Fast Access Healthcare develop an individualized treatment plan to reduce your symptoms and limit exposure.

The first thing the doctor will suggest is to eliminate exposure to the allergen. If it’s a food allergy, this means cutting the food from your diet. If it’s pet dander, it may mean keeping pets out of your living space.

To help you further manage your symptoms, your Fast Access doctor might recommend medications such as antihistamines or decongestants. You might also feel relief using eye drops or nasal sprays. If your allergies are severe, your doctor might recommend allergy shots.

If you need to see an allergy specialist, the doctors at Fast Access Healthcare can make a referral.

If you think you have allergies and want to get tested, call the office to schedule an appointment or book online.