Conditions we treat
Our physicians diagnose using allergy tests, like blood allergy tests. We also treat a multitude of allergy and asthma conditions. Our focus is on disease maintenance and prevention, and our goal is to provide patients with an improved quality of life and allergy-symptom-free living.
- Laboratory allergy testing
- Scratch/prick allergy testing
- Intradermal allergy testing
- Immunotherapy (allergy shots)
- Patient education materials
- Hospital consultations
- 24-hour coverage for emergencies
TESTS VERSUS SKIN ALLERGY TESTS
These tests measure the presence of antibodies to specific foods or environmental allergens. Both the blood test and the skin prick tests detect allergens. With the skin tests, the result is immediate, but the blood test result will take at least several days to arrive. Unlike the skin prick test, the blood test is not affected by antihistamines and can be performed for people with extensive rashes that prevent using skin tests.
Your allergist should explain the meaning of the blood tests to you. The results are not very helpful for predicting the severity of an allergy. Instead, the test gives information about the chance that there is an allergy. This test is not like a pregnancy test, in which a person is or is not pregnant.
A percentage of all blood tests and skin prick tests will yield a “false positive” result. This means that the test shows positive even though you are not really allergic to the food or environmental allergen being tested.
Despite the chance that an allergy test may be false-positive, blood and skin tests are extremely helpful. This is especially true when the results are interpreted based on your prior reactions to food or pollen.
Conditions We Treat
When your immune system overreacts to a particular protein found in a food, you have a food allergy. Sometimes symptoms can occur when coming in contact with a tiny amount of the food.
Hives (medically known as urticaria) are red, itchy, raised welts on the skin that appear in varying shapes and sizes; each one characteristically lasts no longer than six to 12 hours.
When part of the body’s immune system is either absent or not functioning properly, it can result in an immune deficiency disease. When the cause is hereditary or genetic, it’s called a primary immunodeficiency disease (PIDD).
The average person who has ever been bitten by an insect usually develops redness and swelling from the bite/sting. People who are allergic to the venom of stinging insects, however, are at risk for a very serious reaction called anaphylaxis.
Sinusitis is an inflammation, or swelling, of the tissue lining the sinuses. Normally, sinuses are filled with air, but when sinuses become blocked and filled with fluid, germs (bacteria, viruses, and fungi) can grow and cause an infection.
An allergic skin condition happens when an allergen is responsible for triggering an immune system reaction. Irritated skin can be caused by a variety of factors, including immune system disorders, infections and medications.
Anaphylaxis (an-a-fi-LAK-sis) is a serious, life-threatening allergic reaction, typically when the body overreacts to an allergen. The most common anaphylactic reactions are to medications, food, insect stings, and latex.
Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects the airways, or bronchial tubes, in the lungs. These airways allow air to come in and out of the lungs. It’s a serious disease that must be diagnosed and treated quickly and thoroughly.
An allergic reaction to medication occurs when the body’s immune system overreacts to a normally harmless substance which triggers an allergic reaction. Sensitivities to drugs may produce similar symptoms but do not involve the immune system.