Do you suffer from frequent sneezing, congestion, watery eyes, and an itchy, runny nose? If so, you may have seasonal allergic rhinitis, often called hay fever. It strikes when pollen starts to fly.
About 18 million U.S. adults and more than 7 million children suffer from hay fever, according to the CDC. Fortunately, there are steps people with allergies can take to avoid pollen and the misery that accompanies it, says Andy W. Nish, MD, of the Allergy & Asthma Care Center in Gainesville, Ga...
Skin test: A doctor injects a tiny amount of the drug under your skin and watches to see if you have a reaction. Skin tests only work for some types of drugs, like penicillin and other antibiotics, muscle relaxants, and some cancer drugs.
Patch test: A doctor puts a small amount of a drug on your skin. After 2 to 4 days, the doctor will check for a reaction. This test can check for delayed allergic reactions to antibiotics, anticonvulsants, and other drugs.
Blood test: Lab tests may help diagnose some allergies to antibiotics and other drugs.
Talk with your doctor to see which is best for you.