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When you are suffering from allergy related illness or  when you are not sure about possible allergies, we are the provider you need. Our professional team of board-certified physician, nurses and office staff is equipped to handle a comprehensive range of allergy related medical conditions,  routine illnesses, immunizations and general pediatric services. 

​You can be assured – we have a commitment to excellence when it comes to the level of care we provide

Allergies & Asthma 

Allergies can affect upper airways leading to hay fever, recurrent sinus and ear infections. When bronchial airways are involved it can result in breathing difficulties such as chronic cough, asthma and shortness of breath.

 

Proper diagnosis of allergy will help in effectively managing ongoing allergy related problems.  It will also help to eliminate or reduce the need of medications in treating these conditions

Contact  Allergic Dermatitis

We come in physical contact with variety of agents such as chemical ingredients in cleaning agents, disinfectants,  cosmetics, fragrances, hair dyes, latex rubber products, beauty aids, metallic objects such as jewelry, implants,  industrial and occupational agents.  Many of these contact materials are capable of causing allergy.

 

Contact allergy develops with repeated exposure over a period of time.  This can lead to recurrent or ongoing problems such as chronic dermatitis.

 

Proper identification of the causative agent is possible in many instances.   Patch skin tests can help to diagnose the offending substance in many situations.

Procedures

Procedures to diagnose allergies include skin tests and blood tests.  The sensitivity of blood and skin tests are comparable but in general skin tests tend to be more sensitive.

 

Skin test for inhalant, food, drug or insect venom allergies involves putting a drop of the testing material (Antigen) over the skin and breaking the skin barrier with either prick or scratch, so that the allergen comes in contact with certain cells in the skin layer.  If the test is positive, itchy, red welt develops at the site. These are called Prick or scratch tests.  The results of Prick tests are read after 15 minutes.

 

For contact allergy, patch tests are used.  Testing reagent materials to be tested are placed on the skin and left for 48 hours before removal.  The tests are read after 2 days of initial testing and second reading is done after another 2-3 days.

 

Food Allergies

Food allergies can cause wide range of problems.  It can be life threatening anaphylaxis from food such as nuts or seafood or it could be minor non-life threatening symptoms in the form of various gastrointestinal or skin disorders.  

Knowledge of food allergies can help to develop coping skills and to manage one's life with less stress.

Drug Allergy

You may be surprised to know that majority of patients labeled as being allergic to Penicillin,  do not show evidence of Penicillin allergy, when tested.   With proper testing one can determine whether Penicillin allergy still exists.  This information helps persons with prior diagnosis of undocumented Penicillin allergy to be able to safely take Penicillin and related antibiotics.  This in turn helps in avoiding often costly, less effective antibiotics which may have increased side effects.  

 

It should be noted that all antibiotics do not have standardized testing material available to diagnose allergy. 

 

There are many other categories of medications, in addition to antibiotics,  that cause allergies.   Proper evaluation and management can help to manage these conditions.

Eczema, Hives

Some  chronic skin conditions such as eczema or hives can be caused or exacerbated by allergies.

 

Knowing the possibile causes can help to manage these  conditions more appropriately.

Insect Venom Allergy

It is well known that certain individuals have life threatening anaphylactic reaction from honey bee, yellow jacket, wasp and fire ant,  

 

Proper diagnosis and treatment with allergy injections help to prevent this life threatening risk.

Allergy & Asthma Center

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