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Evaluation of Rhinitis

Thorough history taking, physical examination, allergy skin tests

Environmental Allergy Skin Tests

Skin tests are usually performed on the back in adults and on the arms in young children. The test is performed by placing drops of allergen extracts on the skin and then pricking through the allergens - pricks are superficial and not very painful. Local redness and swelling are read within 15 minutes. Local itching is common if the reactions are positive. If needed, intra dermal injections are performed for certain major allergens. The appointments usually take 1.5 to 2 hours and results are known at the end of the visit. Environmental allergy testing is available for pollens, molds, mites, animal dander, etc.

Treatment of Allergic Rhinitis

Treatments include environmental avoidance, medications and/or allergen immunotherapy.

Allergen Immunotherapy

Series of subcutaneous injections are administered in the office to desensitize patients to what they are allergic to. There is about 80% success rate with this treatment. This treatment helps nose/sinus symptoms, allergy induced asthma and allergen triggered eczema. Patients may experience relief of symptoms, reduction of medication usage and improved quality of life.

Evaluation of Asthma and Other Respiratory Conditions

A thorough history taking, physical examination and spirometry will be completed.

Spirometry

Spirometry is an in-office procedure to measure a patient's lung capacity. It helps in the diagnosis and monitoring of patients with asthma/COPD and related respiratory conditions. The test does not require any special preparation and can be performed by children (over age 5) and adults.

Demonstration of Proper Techniques For Use Of Inhalers

Inhalers can be ineffective if not used with proper technique. Use of spacers or spacers with masks makes it more effective and reduces side effects of inhaled medications.

Demonstration of Peak Flow Meter

Proper technique for use of peak flow meters which can be helpful in home monitoring of asthma.

Food Allergy Skin Tests

Skin tests are usually performed on the back in adults and on the arms in young children. The test is performed by placing drops of allergen extracts on the skin and then pricking through the allergens - pricks are superficial and not very painful. Local redness and swelling are read within 15 minutes. Local itching is common if the reactions are positive. If needed, intra dermal injections are performed for certain major allergens. The appointments usually take 1.5 to 2 hours and results are known at the end of the visit. Food allergy testing is available for egg, milk, nuts, certain fruits, seafood, meats etc.

Venom Skin Tests

Initial pricks followed by intradermal injections determine patient's allergic sensitivity to bees, wasps, hornets and yellow jackets. Usually performed on the back and requires a half day to complete testing. Results are known at the end of the visit.

Penicillin Skin Tests

Initial Pricks followed by intradermal injections of penicillin allergens to determine penicillin sensitivity. Usually requires half a day to complete testing. Results are known at the end of the visit.

Oral Antibiotic Challenge

Oral incremental administration of antibiotic in the office to facilitate future use of antibiotics in selected patients. Usually requires half a day to complete testing. Results are known at the end of the visit.

Local Anesthetic Skin Tests

Prick and incremental intradermal injection test to determine allergy to local anesthetics. Usually requires half a day. Results are known at the end of the visit.

Local Anesthetic Challenge

Testing includes incremental injections of local anesthetics to facilitate future administration of anesthetic during surgical procedures. Usually requires half a day. Results are known at the end of the visit.

Oral (open) Food Challenge

Testing includes incremental administration of food in the controlled environment of the office to determine presence of true food allergy.

Skin Tests and Administration of MMR/Influenza Vaccines

Testing includes an allergy skin test with MMR or influenza vaccine for patients with egg allergy who may be likely to react to the MMR or influenza vaccines.

Patch Test

Patch testing is performed to diagnose contact allergies by testing 29 commercial allergens. Paper patches with embedded allergens are applied to the back and left on for 48 hours. Test is read at 48, 72 and 96 hours. This type of test is very helpful to patients with rashes due to contact allergy to metals, fragrances, dye and other chemicals.

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Austin, TX 78745
Phone: (512) 804-0000
7700 Cat Hollow Dr, Suite 202,
Round Rock, TX 78681
Phone: (512) 804-0999
 
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