|Center for Allergy|
Our physicians are committed to providing expert allergy testing and treatment. Allergies are a condition in which the immune system of the affected person reacts to something they have been exposed to in the environment. Most often people think symptoms of allergies include sneezing, runny nose, nasal stuffiness, and itchy, watery eyes. But they can also cause chronic sinus problems, postnasal drip, head congestion, frequent colds, ear infections, skin rashes and chronic headaches.
Ask our doctors about getting tested for allergies. A simple test in our office can determine your allergic reaction, and we then customize each patient’s treatment specific to their needs. Through allergy skin testing we are able to identify the specific allergens triggering your symptoms, allowing better avoidance techniques and therefore reducing your symptoms. Skin testing is a relatively pain-free process by applying allergens to the forearm with a small skin prick. If a welt appears, you are sensitive to that allergen. For children and patients on medication that prevents them from being tested, we can assist you in getting blood testing for allergies. These results will provide the physician with the information required to advise the most effective treatment method.
There are three main ways we treat positive testing: 1) avoidance, where you would eliminate or avoid contact with allergens; 2) pharmacological therapy, where you are prescribed medication to control symptoms; and 3) immunotherapy, where you are given injections to "teach" the immune system not to respond in an allergic manner to offending substances.
If you are interested in making an appointment or learning more about our Allergy Center, please contact our office at (314) 523-5300.