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Allergy Testing

Do you sneeze, itch or wheeze during certain seasons of the year?  Our Allergy and Asthma Specialists are able to identify your triggers through diagnostic testing and prescribe a care plan to help you feel better all year round.

 

ALLERGY TRIGGERS

Your favorite seasons could contribute to allergy symptoms.  Tree pollen in the spring, grasses in the summer, and ragweed in the fall are the typical triggers.  Outdoor and indoor molds may cause symptoms, as well. Symptoms may also be triggered by allergens that are found year round, such as dust mites, cats, and dogs. Similar symptoms can be triggered by non-allergic triggers, such as perfumes, chemicals, tobacco smoke, or other irritants. Additionally, sinus infections can also trigger similar symptoms. Your allergist can test you for allergies or evaluate and treat you for other conditions that can cause similar symptoms.  

ALLERGY SYMPTOMS

If you experience these symptoms only during certain times of the year or around certain triggers, you could have a seasonal or perennial allergy:

    • Sneezing
    • Runny Nose
    • Coughing
    • Tightness in the chest
    • Wheezing
    • Itching

ALLERGY TESTING

We offer allergy testing in all locations. Patients are evaluated by a provider before testing to be sure the appropriate tests are done and any necessary treatment is provided. Allergy testing is a process that may require one or more visits depending on the clinical situation. Same-day appointments are available to begin the process. 

As leaders and innovators in allergy testing and treatment, we have participated in the development and FDA trials of many new methods for each, and have the most experience in sublingual immunotherapy of any practice in the region.  

Sublingual immunotherapy is the fastest growing and most popular method of allergy treatment today because it typically provides the most effective and convenient way to provide long-lasting relief of allergy symptoms.

TREATMENT

Avoidance measures – Management strategies will also be recommended to help you prevent exposure to allergens, or to reduce their effect.  Simple things like using a dust mite cover on bedding, using the air conditioning on high pollen count days, showering and changing clothes after being outside, or wearing an allergen filter mask when doing yard work can make a big difference in reducing your symptoms.

Medications – Seasonal allergies can be treated through a combination of allergy management and allergy medications.  Your specialist may recommend treating your acute seasonal allergies with over-the-counter medications, prescription medications, or a carefully managed combination of both.

Immunotherapy – Allergy shots or sublingual immunotherapy offers a more long-term solution for patients who do not experience enough relief from medications, or for those who prefer not to be on medication.