Getting tested for fall allergies

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HIGH POINT, N.C. -- Tywana Gayle brought her 8-year-old son Terrell to the doctor for allergy testing.

“He really wanted a pet, he really wants a pet so bad, and I don't know if he was allergic to them," Gayle said.

During an allergy test, Dr. Sokun Bhatti and her staff can test for dozens of different triggers, from pollen to pets.

The process begins with nurses marking spots on the back, then putting  a drop of a solution with a specific allergen on each mark.

The process starts with something that looks like a little toothpick.  Doctors make a scratch on the back and if that person is allergic, that area will be itchy and look like a mosquito bite.

After a few minutes, Gayle could already tell her son was allergic to something.

"When he got the sticks on the back, I noticed certain ones started to swell up," Gayle said.

Just 15 minutes later, the results were ready and Terrell found out he is allergic to tree pollen.

He didn't end up being allergic to animals so now his family has another appointment - at the pet store.