The Allergy Management Program
Our unique program consists of a comprehensive allergy evaluation for diagnosing and treating a wide range of allergy problems. It incorporates the most recent advances in medical science, making the diagnosis and treatment of allergies easier, more accurate, and more convenient. This has significantly increased the rate of successful outcomes for those who suffer from allergies of the nose, eyes, and skin, as well as asthma and food allergies.
To best evaluate whether you have an allergy, we will
- Ask detailed questions about your symptoms of allergy
- Perform an allergy related physical exam
- Get the appropriate testing done to confirm the presence of allergy
- May have you keep a detailed diary of symptoms and possible triggers including a detailed diary of the foods you eat
Your practitioner may also recommend one or both of the following diagnostic tests:
- Skin test. In this test, your skin is pricked and exposed to small amounts of the proteins found in your potential allergen. If you're allergic, you develop a raised bump (wheal) at the specific test location on your skin.
- Blood test. A blood test (sometimes called the ImmunoCAP test) can measure your immune system's response to a specific allergen by measuring the amount of allergy-causing antibodies in your bloodstream, known as immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies.
- If your doctor suspects your problems are caused by something other than an allergy, you may need other tests to identify or rule out other medical problems.
Our allergy treatments include:
- Allergen avoidance. Your doctor will help you take steps to identify and avoid your allergy triggers. Environmental changes are an important step in preventing allergic reactions and reducing symptoms.
- Medications to reduce symptoms. Allergy medications can help reduce your immune system reaction and ease symptoms. The medications you use depend on the type of allergy you have. They can include over-the-counter or prescription medications in the form of oral medications, nasal sprays or eye drops, inhalers or tropical treatments.
- Immunotherapy. For severe allergies or allergies not relieved by other treatment, your doctor may recommend immunotherapy. This treatment involves a series of injections or sublingual drops of purified allergen extracts, usually given over a period of a few years.