UC Health offering free allergy screenings

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - For most people, thoughts of springtime consist of beautiful flowers, relaxing poolside and enjoying a Sunday drive. But for others, the only blooms they notice are ragweed, grass and maple trees.

UC Health department of otolaryngology (ENT) will host free allergy screenings to screen patients for the most common allergens.

Walk ins will be welcomed, however calling ahead is suggested.

During the appointments, patients will be screened for the common sources of inhalant allergies in a variety of classes: dust mites, mold, grass, maple tree, ragweed and cat. The screenings are done via skin prick testing, in which a very small amount of the allergen is put into an indentation in the skin of the forearm. If the patient is sensitive to any of the allergens, he or she will experience a small amount of swelling near the specific allergen. The swelling generally goes down shortly after the test.

"If someone does react, then it would be worthwhile following up for a full appointment and evaluation," said Dr. Allen Seiden, an allergy specialist at UC Health. "Many more people think they have allergies when they really don't. It is helpful to know if your symptoms are related to allergies, since you can then take certain steps to help control the problem."

Symptoms that usually indicate a need for allergen testing include:

  • Respiratory: itchy eyes, nose or throat; nasal congestion, runny nose, watery eyes, coughing or wheezing.
  • Skin: hives or itchiness.
  • Anaphylaxis: a serious allergic reaction affecting many parts of the body at the same time.

Call 513-475-8400 for your free screening. Time slots are filling up. Leave your name and call back number.

Screenings are Tuesday, March 19 at the Medical Arts Building next to the Barrett Center from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Thursday, March 21 at University Point physicians building in West Chester, 7690 Discovery Drive suite 3900 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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