Allergy Testing Specialist

Magdalene Marfo, MD -  - Family Medicine Physician

Calvary Medical Clinic

Magdalene Marfo, MD

Family Medicine Physician located in Charlotte, NC

If you’re among the 50 million people in the United States suffering from an allergy, contact Dr. Magdalene Marfo and Calvary Medical Clinic for support. As an experienced family physician, she offers allergy testing and treatment for men, women, and children age 2 and older. If you are in the Charlotte, North Carolina area, take advantage of this service and find relief by calling the office or using the online booking tool to make an appointment today.

Allergy Testing Q & A

What causes allergies?

Allergies happen when your body senses a foreign substance and releases antibodies in defense. This can result in inflammation in your skin, sinuses, digestive system, or airways.

The severity of your reaction varies from person to person. Some people experience mild irritation, while others can go into anaphylaxis, a life-threatening emergency.

What are the symptoms of allergies?

The symptoms of allergies vary according to what bodily system is affected and the degree to which you’re allergic to a substance. Symptoms may be:

  • Respiratory, including increased mucus production, coughing, sneezing, and watery eyes
  • Digestive, including upset stomach, nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting
  • Skin, including itching, hives, and rashes

What is anaphylaxis?

Anaphylaxis occurs when you have a severe allergic reaction that causes you to go into shock. Usually, it occurs in response to food or insect stings. Anaphylaxis is characterized by:

  • Sudden drop in blood pressure and light-headedness
  • Shortness of breath and a rapid, but weak, pulse
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Nausea and vomiting

If you or someone in your family has an allergy that carries the risk of anaphylactic shock, Dr. Marfo can prescribe an epinephrine auto-injector so you can start to relieve symptoms right away and then seek medical help.

Why get tested for allergies?

Determining what triggers allergic reactions is key to avoiding future reactions. You may choose to get tested when your symptoms are interfering with your daily function and over-the-counter medications don’t offer relief.

Allergy testing at Calvary Medical Clinic is convenient and accurate. Dr. Marfo combines the tests with a detailed medical history to determine your specific triggers and offer relief.

What allergy tests are available?

Dr. Marfo offers skin testing, during which she pricks your skin and exposes you to a small amount of the potential allergen. If a small bump develops where you’ve been tested, you’re allergic.

How are allergies treated?

Dr. Marfo provides immunotherapy, or allergy shots, to help ease some of the most common allergies, including eye allergies, nasal allergies, or allergies to stinging insects. She can also help you develop lifestyle changes to avoid allergens, especially dietary or environmental triggers.