Comprehensive medical evaluations and follow
At the Allergy & Asthma Specialty Clinic,
we provide complete and thorough evaluation and treatment of
a wide variety
of allergic and respiratory conditions.
You can expect your initial visit to focus on a detailed medical history and
physical examination as well as possible testing to help in diagnosis if necessary.
The results of any test results and their meaning as well as what that means
in determining probable causes for your medical problems will be explained
in detail. In addition, we provide information about how to avoid triggers,
use medications appropriately and manage your disease in both the long and
Types of testing and procedures available:
Allergen Percutaneous Skin Testing: Also
known as prick or scratch tests, are the most accurate testing
available at this time. We can test to the most common allergens
that are relevant in our area including various
tree, grass and weed pollens, dust mites, mold spores, cat, dog and other animal
danders. There is also skin testing available for some foods. Best of all,
this allergy test does not use needles! Instead, we use small plastic picks manufactured by Greer Labs that allow us to put just the right amount of allergen on the skin so we get a consistent reading every time.
Other Skin Testing Techniques: There are other
forms of skin testing to look for allergy to bee/insect stings,
or aeroallergens that may involve the use of an intradermal
procedure. Though this does involve needles, it is very small
and done just like testing for tuberculosis (PPD).
Pulmonary Function Testing (Spirometry): This
is a test done to evaluate lung function and assess for airway
obstruction in diseases such
as asthma, emphysema or chronic bronchitis. It involves blowing air from your
lungs into a machine to measure volumes and may be done before and after the
use of medications that can alter the lung function.
PATCH Skin Testing: This 3 day test is used to help diagnose
allergic contact dermatitis - a recurrent skin condition which
presents as a red, itchy rash that is related to an allergen
that contacts your skin. Common skin allergens include Nickel,
Fragrances, Formaldehyde, Adhesives, Rubber products and many
Allergy Challenge Tests: This type of testing
or challenge is often used to diagnose allergy to medications
(such as aspirin
or ibuprofen) or with food allergy.
Allergy Shots (Immunotherapy): Allergy shots
are a series of injections given at regular intervals to provide
desensitization or vaccination against those allergens which
cause symptoms of hay fever or asthma. Shots are administered
in our clinic by our skillful and trained nursing staff.
RUSH Immunotherapy: This
half-day procedure is done to rapidly build up the allergy
shots within a relatively short period
of time in order to get to a maintenance dose of allergen
immunotherapy within just a few weeks.
Education about allergic and respiratory
diseases, allergen and other trigger avoidance techniques,
and treatment options: At the Allergy & Asthma
Specialty Clinic, we believe that you are a partner in helping
to control your disease and provide
you with the education about what your diagnoses are, what
types of triggers you need to avoid and how to avoid them.
We also take the time to make sure that you understand any
prescriptions or treatment plans given to you. From strategies
to reduce dust mite exposure to instruction on how to properly
use an inhaler, our staff strives to ensure that you have all
the information you need to help us manage your disease.
Preventive Immunizations: The Allergy & Asthma Specialty
Clinic is pleased to provide influenza vaccines
to our patients if needed.