Allergy Testing

Shine Health and Wellness

Kimberley I. Shine, MD

Family Medicine & Functional Medicine located in Pasadena, CA

Allergy symptoms affect more than 20 million people in the United States. At Shine Health and Wellness in Pasadena, California, you can find relief from your most frustrating allergy symptoms. Kimberley Shine, MD, uses high-quality laboratory tests to diagnose allergies and food sensitivities, then develops a care plan to treat and prevent allergic reactions. Dr. Shine helps you take charge of your health and reduce allergy outbreaks. Call the office today or book an appointment online.

Allergy Testing Q & A

What health problems are linked to allergies?

Many people think of allergies as a minor nuisance, and it's true that many people have mild seasonal allergies. Some types of allergies, though, can have a significant impact on your health. Severe allergic reactions can trigger a life-threatening response known as anaphylaxis.

Even if your allergies aren’t potentially fatal, they can still affect your quality of life. Common allergy symptoms can include:

  • Skin rashes
  • Itching
  • Hives
  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Nasal irritation
  • Watery eyes
  • Runny nose


Many people can reduce these symptoms by avoiding exposure to their allergens. However, figuring out what you're allergic to isn't easy. The fastest, safest method is allergy testing.

What is allergy testing?

Allergy testing allows your doctor to determine what you're allergic to. An allergy test can even measure how strongly you react to different substances. This information provides Dr. Shine with accurate information about your health and risk factors.

Many allergy tests are performed through a simple blood test. Blood tests can screen you for some of the most common allergens, including mold and pet dander.

They're also helpful for diagnosing food allergies. During the tests, a technician uses a needle to collect a small sample of your blood. This sample is sent to a lab where it's tested for specific allergy antibodies.

Before administering allergy testing, Dr. Shine first performs an in-depth physical exam. During this exam, she asks questions about your symptoms and your medical history.

Next, Dr. Shine walks you through the allergy testing process. She explains what you can expect from the tests she ordered.

At each step, Dr. Shine takes the time to ensure that you understand your options. Once your test results are in, Dr. Shine meets with you again to decide on a treatment strategy.

How are allergies treated?

Knowing which substances you're allergic to can make all the difference. Many people find relief once they eliminate allergens from their environment. Dr. Shine can also help you develop a personalized care plan for managing any remaining allergy symptoms.

In addition, Shine Health and Wellness offers holistic treatments, including wellness coaching, nutritional counseling, and treatments designed to heal gut problems caused by food allergies. With Dr. Shine, you can find relief from even your most stubborn allergy symptoms.

Ready to learn more about allergy testing? Call the office today or book an appointment using the online tool.