• A Patient’s Guide to Allergy Skin Testing

    Have you been suffering from watery eyes, sneezing, or hives? If so, then you may be affected by allergies, for which your primary care physician in Atlanta may recommend allergy skin testing. Keep reading to learn about this type of test and what you can expect. allergy - testing

    Why It’s Done

    One of the most important steps toward managing your allergies is understanding what’s causing them. It’s for this reason that doctors often advise their patients to take an allergy skin test. Skin testing allows your doctor to test you for many different allergens in a single clinic appointment.

    How It Works

    Allergy skin testing uses concentrated, liquid forms of some of the most common allergens, such as animal dander, mold, pollen, dust mites, and some foods. When these allergens get under your skin, they may trigger a rash that causes it to itch and become irritated. This process happens when you’re exposed to something that you’re allergic to, and your immune system produces antibodies and chemicals that attempt to fight off the aggravating substance. It’s this reaction that informs your doctor that you’re allergic to a particular allergen.

    What to Expect

    There are 3 primary types of allergy skin tests. During the first, called a scratch test, a nurse or doctor will clean your skin with alcohol, label different areas of your skin with a pen, and then place a drop of each allergen extract on your skin according to the labels. Then, your skin is gently scratched to let the allergen through the skin’s outer layer. Intradermal allergy skin testing involves injecting a small amount of a suspected allergen slightly under the skin. Finally, a patch test may be performed, which involves wearing a patch with the allergen on your back or arm.

    When You’ll Get Your Results

    Scratch and intradermal tests are usually completed in a one-hour clinic appointment, during which your doctor can inform you of what allergens your skin reacted to. Patch tests typically take about 48 hours and are often used to test for delayed reactions.

  • What to Expect from an Abscess Incision and Drainage

    Abscesses are infected pockets of tissue and pus that accumulate under the skin. They almost always require drainage to resolve the infection and prevent it from recurring. Because abscesses typically become progressively worse and can cause a more dangerous infection if they are left untreated, it is important to seek urgent care if you think you have one. Here is a look at what you can expect from the abscess drainage procedure.  Abscess - incision

    Pain Control

    Most people who seek abscess incision do so because the abscess is painful. In some cases, the physician at the urgent care facility may recommend that you receive local anesthesia to numb the area around the abscess. Some abscesses are resistant to anesthesia, and the inflammation can make the numbing injections more painful than they are normally. For this reason, some people may opt to have the abscess opened without anesthesia or to take a sedative before the procedure. Your physician will review all of your options and help you make the right choice for you.

    Incision and Drainage

    Your physician will make a small incision in the abscess, which allows the pus inside to begin to drain out. For many people, pain relief is immediate. Because the incision can close up before the drainage is complete, a small drainage tube may be placed at the site to keep it open, or it may be packed with bandages to prevent it from closing before the drainage is complete. If the abscess is not drained completely, it could come back.

    Drain Removal

    You will need to return to the urgent care facility to have the drain or packing removed within a day or two of the incision procedure. Your physician will advise you when to return and what kind of aftercare you may need.

    Perimeter Clinic provides walk-in urgent care treatments for everything from abscesses to stomach bugs. Get on the road to wellness as soon as possible when you need care by visiting us for your non-emergency urgent care needs in Atlanta. You can learn more by calling (678) 904-5611.