Following your allergy test(s) with Peak, you will see an allergist to go over your results and develop a treatment plan. The test and consultation usually takes 45 minutes to an hour and includes a small allergy testing fee in order to pay for supplies.
If you suspect you have allergies, you are a part of the 30% of Canadians who suffer from some type of allergy.
Allergies start with exposure to an allergen that the body flags as an invader. The reaction could be to an environmental or food substance that has been previously tolerated but, during another particular exposure, the immune system studies the allergen and flags it as a threat. It readies itself for the next exposure by developing antibodies, special cells designed to detect it. You are now “sensitized” to the allergen. With subsequent exposures your body creates an allergic response.
Allergy tends to be hereditary. While specific allergies are not inherited, a tendency toward having allergies is. A family history of atopy (genetic tendency to develop allergic diseases such as allergic rhinitis, asthma and atopic dermatitis (eczema) can make children more susceptible to allergies. It is both possible to outgrow and acquire an allergy at various points in one’s lifetime, with allergies most frequently appearing after the age of 5 and rarely after the age of 60.
No age is too young if a child is exhibiting symptoms of allergy. It is not generally practiced however, to test for allergens in which there have been no exposure yet.
If you or a loved one believes they have allergies, ask your Family Physician about being referred to Peak today for allergy testing!
Types of allergies we see for in Calgary:
- Environmental Allergies – A variety of environmental allergens, such as pollen, mold, and animal dander, can trigger allergic reactions.
- Food Allergies – Common food allergies include peanuts, milk, eggs, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, soy, and wheat.
- Vaccine Allergies – A rarer form of allergy that is believed to stem from a sensitivity to gelatin or egg protein.
- Penicillin and NSAID Drug Allergies – Penicillin is often prescribed for treating bacterial infections. Those allergic react to this antibiotic.
- Venom Allergies – Insect venom from bees, wasps and the like can cause allergic reactions in some.
- Urticaria – Known as hives, this skin rash is frequently caused by allergic reactions.
*We also offer Sublingual & Subcutaneous Immunotherapy
If you believe you suffer from any of the above allergies, we would be happy to test you! Ask your family doctor to refer to Peak today.