Listening is the most important step in caring for you. In our office, both a registered nurse and a medical doctor will take an extensive medical history. A physical exam will also be performed. If it is felt that underlying allergies may be present, skin testing may be done. This is the most reliable way to define specific allergies. We use a small toothpick-like plastic device that contains a small amount of extract (allergen), lightly pricking the skin on your back. This does not draw blood. Further skin testing on your forearms may be needed to define milder sensitivities.
After diagnosing your specific allergies, we prepare an individual treatment plan for you. Our staff is highly trained in teaching allergen avoidance and helping you create an environment that is better for your health. Educational handouts are reviewed with you and given for home reference.
Medications may help in controlling your symptoms. Medications you have used in the past are thoroughly evaluated and all current medications are reviewed with your allergist.
Immunotherapy (allergy shots) may be offered as part of your treatment plan. This involves the injection of allergenic extracts over a period of time, usually 3-5 years. As the dose increases, you should begin to feel better. This may result in less medication use or elimination of medicines entirely.
Managing allergies and asthma with the help of board certified physicians can improve your overall quality of life. Once you know what you're allergic to and how to treat it, you can enjoy better health and performance at work, school, and life in general.