Allergy & Asthma Services
When you receive treatment for your allergies and asthma at the Allergy & Asthma Center, you’ll receive the highest quality of care. From pediatrics to seniors, we provide only clinically proven treatments and take the time to listen to your concerns and answer your questions. Let us help you live life without limitations.
Allergy skin testing
We offer several types of allergy testing, depending on your age, the condition of your skin and other factors. Some allergy tests require you to stop taking medication before testing. Be sure to follow allergy skin testing preparation instructions exactly to get the most accurate test results.
The concept behind immunotherapy (allergy shots, allergy drops or allergy tablets) is that the immune system can be desensitized to specific allergens that trigger allergy symptoms. These methods of treatment won’t cure allergies but should help bring them under significantly improved control so that over time you can reduce your dependence on symptom relieving medications.
Allergy shots can potentially lead to lasting remission of allergy symptoms, and may play a preventive role in the development of asthma and new allergies. Allergy shots are a proven effective treatment for allergic rhinitis, allergic asthma and stinging insect allergy. They also may be effective in some individuals with atopic dermatitis (eczema) if they have allergies to airborne allergens.
No skin or blood tests can identify sensitivity to aspirin or other NSAIDs. The Allergy & Asthma Center uses proven protocols to identify aspirin sensitivity and, if indicated to desensitize to aspirin and other NSAIDs.
Asthma action plan
An effective asthma action plan helps you better self-manage your asthma. Consistent use of a current, individualized asthma action plan has been shown to result in improved asthma control by reducing the frequency and severity of your asthma symptoms.
Eczema skincare plan
About 10-20% of infants and about three percent of adults and children in the US live with eczema. Also known as atopic dermatitis, this is an external symptom of a medical condition occurring within the body. Controlling your allergies is an important part of controlling your eczema.
Exhaled nitric oxide testing
In less than five minutes, exhaled nitric oxide testing can provide valuable information about airway inflammation. This simple and easy test is an important way to gather information to be used in managing your asthma.
Exercise bronchoprovocation challenge
Exercise-induced bronchoconstriction commonly occurs in people with asthma. It can even be seen in some people without asthma. An exercise bronchoprovocation challenge combines exercise and lung function testing to determine if this is the cause of your breathing problems. Because medications can affect test results, be sure to follow all pre-testing instructions exactly.
Food allergy emergency action plan
Food allergies occur when your body misidentifies harmless food proteins as a danger and activates your immune system. Your food allergy action plan provides you with step-by-step, easy to follow instructions with what to do in the event of an allergic reaction to food.
Food challenge testing may be indicated to diagnose or, more often to rule out a food allergy. The challenge is performed in our office under close medical supervision and can take up to half a day. Because medications can interfere with accurate results, it’s important to follow pre-test instructions to discontinue medications.
Lung function testing (spirometry)
Measuring the flow and volume of the air that moves in and out of your lungs can identify breathing conditions early, and lead to more complete and effective treatment. This simple test can be performed in the Allergy & Asthma Center.
Medication allergy testing and challenges
Medications can be an important part of treating infections and other conditions. Unfortunately, for some people, the medicine that is intended to help can cause problems. Adverse reactions to medications are not uncommon. It is essential to determine whether these reactions are potentially life-threatening. Medication allergy testing and challenges are used to help make this distinction.
When you need to take medication but can’t due to allergies, medication desensitization can be a literal lifesaver. Through a desensitization procedure, you will be able to take an essential medication to which you are allergic. This procedure must be performed by an allergy specialist under close supervision.
This procedure is used to evaluate the nasal passages, sinuses, adenoid region, base of tongue , voice box and vocal cord function. A small, flexible fiberoptic instrument is passed through the anesthetized nose which minimizes discomfort and limits any gag response. The procedure only takes a few minutes and with the numbing medicine is well tolerated by children and adults. Immediate visualization helps to improve diagnostic accuracy and improve treatment plans.
Sinus CT scan
Sinuses are air-filled cavities in the head that perform important functions such as warming and conditioning the air before it reaches your lungs. However, chronic infection or nasal polyps can cause pain, swelling, and discomfort. A CT scan can quickly give the specialists at the Allergy & Asthma Center insight into problems with your nasal passages or sinuses.
A skin biopsy, where a small piece of skin is removed and studied under the microscope can be needed to help determine the cause of some rashes. This diagnostic test only takes a few moments and the area to be biopsied is numbed, so you are not uncomfortable.