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A 48-year-old member asked:

Could a person get allergy testing done more than once in their lifetime?

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Dr. Terry Simpson
General Surgery 35 years experience
Maybe: The standard allergy testing won't change unless you have had immunotherapy. If you suffer from allergies, then knowing what you suffer from and monitoring that pollen level will be helpful.
Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 35 years experience
Depends: If symptoms continue, something exists to set them off. If you live in the same place with very little change in life style, you should check in with your pcp or allergy specialist. Any large change in life style may bring on a whole new set of triggers and may deserve a new panel of testing. Best understood by seeing allergy specialist.

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