Testing and Treating Allergies
Dealing with allergies? An allergy involves a reaction by your immune system, often to common substances. There are many causes of allergies and symptoms vary from mild to potentially life-threatening. While there's no cure for allergies, treatments can relieve your symptoms. Led by Dr. David Jassir, Dr. Mark Sukenik, and Dr. Sabine Hesse, South Florida ENT Associates (located in Hollywood and Pembroke Pines, FL) offers allergy treatments to their patients. Read on to learn about allergy testing and treatment options.
Allergy Testing Options
Prick Testing: Skin tests for allergic disorders have been used successfully for over 100 years. Skin prick testing checks for allergic reactions to many different substances at once. Skin prick testing is usually done to identify allergies to pollen, dust mites, foods, pet dander, and mold. In adults, the skin prick test is usually done on the forearm. About 15 minutes after the skin pricks, your healthcare provider observes your skin for signs of allergic reactions.
Rast Testing: The RAST test is a blood test that is used to test for allergies. The test checks your blood for specific lgE antibodies to find out what substances you may be allergic to. RAST testing can test for a range of allergies, including drug allergies, food allergies, pet allergies, and seasonal allergies. The test is often used in cases of patients who cannot tolerate prick testing because of extreme sensitivity, eczema, or the need to continue taking antihistamines.
Intradermal Testing: Intradermal testing involves injecting a small amount of the suspected allergen into the skin. Intradermal testing is usually performed when a substance does not cause a reaction in the skin prick test but is still suspected as an allergen for that patient. The intradermal test is often used for environmental allergies and drug allergies, but not for latex or food allergies.
Allergy Treatment Options
Allergy Medication: Several types of drugs are used to treat allergies. Allergy medications are available as pills, inhalers, eyedrops, liquids, nasal sprays, and skin creams. Allergy medications help ease and treat annoying symptoms like runny nose and congestion. These allergy medications include decongestants, antihistamines, combination drugs, corticosteroids, and others.
Environmental Control: Environmental control is an effective treatment for allergies. Your environmental control treatment plan depends on the specific allergens you're allergic to. You can benefit from controlling your exposure to the things you are allergic to. Environmental control may involve cleaning your home, placing a dehumidifier in your basement, running an air purifier, or wearing a mask.
Immunotherapy: Allergen immunotherapy, also known as allergy shots, is a form of treatment that decreases symptoms for many people with allergies. Allergy shots help your body get used to the substances that trigger an allergic reaction. Each injection from your doctor in Hollywood, FL, contains a small amount of the substances that are causing your symptoms. Allergy shots are not a cure, but in time, you may not have symptoms as often.
Emergency epinephrine: Epinephrine injection is used to treat life-threatening allergic reactions caused by medications, food, insect bites or stings, latex, and other causes. Epinephrine works to reverse the life-threatening symptoms. If you have a severe allergy, you may need to carry an emergency epinephrine auto-injector at all times. An epinephrine injection can reduce your symptoms until you get emergency medical treatment.
Stop allergies from ruining your life. Call South Florida ENT Associates at (954) 966-7000 today to schedule an appointment with one of our ENT doctors in Hollywood and Pembroke Pines, FL. Our treatments will relieve your allergy symptoms, so you can live the life you want. You will experience exemplary service and state-of-the-art care at South Florida ENT Associates!