Autumn Leaves Can Lead To Mold Allergies

Leaves left on the ground during the fall season decompose and allow mold spores to grow. These spores then become airborne and can trigger sinus problems, asthma symptoms and swelling around the eyes. Climate change and super storms are causing mold counts to climb higher and linger for longer. According to The New England Journal of Medicine, rising counts of the mold Alternaria have been directly linked to asthma exacerbations. Another type of mold called Aspergillis is also a common cause of allergic sinusitis and asthma symptoms. Allergy skin testing can determine if mold is a trigger for symptoms that patients may be experiencing. If the testing comes back positive, allergy immunotherapy utilizing sublingual drops may effectively eradicate negative symptoms.

Dr. Anne Herman offers allergy testing and sublingual immunotherapy to her patients. Offices are maintained in Tampa and Saint Petersburg Beach, Florida. Please contact the office at (813) 902-9559 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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Allergy Skin Tests Tampa St. Pete

Anne Hermann, MD

We offer allergy skin tests that identify which substances are causing your allergy symptoms.

Below are answers to commonly asked questions by our patients when considering an allergy skin test:

What is the age requirement for allergy testing?

There is none.  The testing is safe for children and adults of any age, although the children will be tested for fewer antigens than adults. 

Do skin conditions or moles prevent testing?

The doctor will test only on areas that are not severely affected.  If there are no unaffected areas on the skin, a blood test will be given instead of a skin test.

Will I have a reaction to the test?

Mild itching will be resolved as soon as the skin test is wiped away with alcohol.  For the rare cases of more severe itching, hydrocortisone cream may be applied.

Can I be tested if I have a tattoo?

Yes.  The test will be applied to the areas of the skin that are ink-free.  If all areas of the skin are tattooed, a blood test will be given in place of the skin test.

What is the cost of allergy testing?

The cost is usually covered by most insurance plans.  If your insurance does cover the testing, you will only be responsible for your regular copay and deductible.

Anne Hermann, MD is double board certified in Internal Medicine and as a Physician Nutrition Specialist. To schedule your appointment, please call (813) 902-9559.

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