Accurate diagnosis relies on a detailed medical history and evaluation of the patient lifestyle and environment
Prick or Scratch Testing
Putting 2 to 4 sterile plastic applicators onto the forearms, without any bleeding, so as to test up to 40 allergens, either airborne environmental or food. Results in 20 minutes!
Used only for the negative prick tests, if necessary, for confirmation.
Used for both contact allergies, such as latex/rubber, jewelry/metal, cosmetic/perfume and chemicals.
Giving either a food or a drug that is suspected to be the cause of an allergic reaction to help establish if in fact that was the true cause
This is a technique to desensitize a patient to a medication causing an allergic reaction. Most commonly this is done for penicillin or aspirin.
Pulmonary Function Test (PFT)
Pulmonary function tests measure how well the lungs take in and release air.
Pulmonary function tests are done to:
• Find the cause of shortness of breath.
• Diagnose certain types of lung disease, such as asthma, bronchitis and emphysema.
Can test the immune system if it's a cause of anaphylaxis, angioedema or recurrent infections.
DID YOU KNOW?Children with nasal allergies or eczema, who if desensitized, are much less likely to develop asthma
Allergy shots or (Immuno Therapy)
This is the administration of the offending allergen, injected subcutaneously in order to desensitize, or make the patient immune to that allergen.
SLIT, (Sub Lingual Immuno Therapy)
These are allergy drops administered under the tongue by the patient, at home. Although somewhat less effective than standard allergy shots, this a wonderful alternative for patients who are either “afraid” of needles or cannot commit to the time involved in going for “shots”.
A drug, administered intra-muscularly, anywhere from 1 injection once a month to 3 injections every 2 weeks, differs from standard allergy desensitization in that it makes the patient not less allergic, but rather un-allergic.