Medical Services Provided
At Allergy & Asthma Specialists our mission is to provide quality medical care in a personal and caring environment emphasizing the control of asthma and allergic diseases while avoiding side effects from medications. The goal is to improve each and every patient's quality of life. Patients of the practice have access to the most complete range of medical services available to diagnose and treat allergic diseases, asthma, recurrent infections and eczema. The practice treats all age groups from newborns to adults.
Allergy Skin Testing is performed for inhalant allergens (grasses, trees, weeds, dust mite, animal dander, and mold) and foods. The standard regimen involves skin testing for 48 allergens using a painless (no needles) rapid method. Results are available in twenty minutes. Infants, children and adults can be comfortably and reliably tested.
Lung Function Testing, except for very young children, is often included in an allergy evaluation to determine if your lung function capacity has been compromised. State of the art, computerized lung function testing is available for adults and children as young as three years old. Specialized lung function testing is also available for adults and children with exercise induced symptoms and chronic cough syndrome.
Life- threatening Stinging Insect Allergies can be safely evaluated and successfully treated.
Evaluation and treatment of patients with Recurrent Infections (non-AIDS related) is a unique expertise of this practice. You should consider evaluation if you experience more than three ear, sinus, throat or respiratory infections per year.
Personalized Treatment Plans developed for each patient by his/her allergist emphasize environmental control as the first plan of action in order to decrease the need for medications. Prescription medications are closely monitored to insure results and avoid potential side effects. Allergy extracts for use in immunotherapy are prescribed and prepared in our extract lab based on each patient's specific allergies and needs.
Immunotherapy is one of the most effective means of treating allergies and asthma, often resulting in near complete relief of symptoms. Allergy medications such as antihistamines and decongestants only treat the symptoms of the allergic reaction. Immunotherapy treats the underlying cause of the allergic reaction, slowly allowing your body to eventually better tolerate the allergens (pollen, dust mite, mold, and animal dander) that trigger your symptoms.
Two Types ofImmunotherapy are available. Traditional subcutaneous immunotherapy (SCIT) administered by injections at the doctor's office and sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) administered by placing drops under your tongue once daily in your home. Both types of immunotherapy involve administering gradually increasing doses of allergens. This gradual introduction of the allergens you are allergic to helps your immune system to build up your own natural immunity, safely and effectively.
Aspirin Desensitization is a two to three day, in office procedure that we offer to patients with asthma and chronic sinus disease who are also aspirin sensitive/allergic. This procedure results in a decreased need for sinus surgery and nasal corticosteroids, improved asthma control and the elimination of allergic reactions to aspirin.
Food Sublingual Immunotherapy (SLIT) is a process that reduces as person's reactivity to an allergen. A dosage of the food extract is placed under the patient's tongue, held there for 2 minutes and then swallowed. Over time, the dose is gradually escalated so the patient can tolerate more of the food with a decreased likelihood for an allergic reaction.
Food Allergy Testing & Food Challenges in a medically supervised environment are a practice specialty. Under the supervision of an allergist, sometimes in the well controlled environment of a hospital, we can safely determine if a patient needs to continue food restrictions.
Patch Testing, available at most office locations, involves testing for 29 substances to identify the triggers for allergic and irritant contact dermatitis. Common causative agents include fragrances, nickel, soaps, and household cleaners.