Helping You Find Relief From Your Allergies
The truth is, allergies are much more common than most people realize.
We care for patients that are affected by a range of conditions such as allergic rhinitis, asthma, sinusitis, and bronchitis.
Our physicians work to determine the primary cause and best course of treatment for each patient. Depending on the individual, treatment options may include allergy drops, allergy shots, and/or a medication prescription. The antigens present in our drops/shots are primarily specific to the Southwest Region.
In some cases, a patient may be a candidate for surgical intervention such as a balloon sinuplasty. If necessary, our physicians may refer to other specialists such as a pulmonologist.
If you have any concerns or are suffering from allergies and would like our expert help to find the right relief from your symptoms, then you can schedule your appointment by calling (480) 684-1080 or clicking the button below.
The Different types of allergies
With pollens caused by trees (such as elm, maple, birch, poplar, beech, ash, and oak), fragrant flowers, and springtime pollens that come from grasses, it can be a constant battle to stay in control of your allergies.
Then there are household allergies, these include house dust mites, pets and molds, typically worsening during the winter months due to poor air ventilation.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT ALLERGY TESTS
Q: What should I expect during testing?
A: Your provider will clean your skin on your back with an alcohol swab. That will feel cool and slightly wet. He or she will warn you before the testing begins. As the first set of antigens is applied to your skin, you’ll feel minor pressure from the tines of the testing device. This will last for just a few seconds and then be repeated in five areas. You can expect slight discomfort, as well as some itchiness from positive results. Try to avoid scratching while the test develops. Notify your provider if you feel symptoms ocher than itchiness.
Q: WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE TEST?
A: The provider wipes the antigens off the skin with alcohol wipes. You may then receive hydrocortisone cream and/or oral Clarkin if necessary to ease any lingering discomfort or itchiness. Then your provider will explain the results and discuss your options for treatment, if applicable.
Q: CAN IT BE TESTED IF I HAVE A SKIN CONDITION OR MOLES?
A: Yes. If possible, your provider will place the test on areas that are not acutely affected. If there are no unaffected areas, you will receive a blood test instead of a skin test.
Q: HOW MUCH DOES TESTING COST?
A: It is covered by most insurance plans. You will only be responsible for your regular co-pay and deductible.
Q: How LONG WILL THE REACTiON LAST AFTER THE TEST?
A: Itching begins to resolve as soon as the antigen is wiped away. Bumps usually last about an hour. In rare cases, the reaction may last longer but it is generally not uncomfortable. For the very rare cases of lasting reaction, Clarkin and hydrocortisone cream will help to minimize discomfort.
Q: Will the tines penetrate my skin?
A: No, the testing unit (MAST device) is pressed onto your skin; no blood is drawn. If a spot of blood does appear, the provider simply blots the area and continues the procedure.
Q: What if I am extremely uncomfortable with reactions before 15 minutes are up?
A: If you have clearly positive reactions and are very uncomfortable, the technician will wipe the antigen off and read the results early.
Q: How does my provider measure the reaction?
A: Reactions are evaluated by measuring raised areas of skin with a millimeter ruler. Allergic severity is graded as follows: 2-4mm= low; 5-7-moderate; 8-10-high; 11-13 = very high.
Q: How long will it take for results to develop?
A: Results will be available in just 15 minutes. An allergy technician will check on you every five minutes or so during that time to make sure you are okay. After 15 minutes, he or she will read the results and remove the antigens with an alcohol swab.
Q: IS THERE AN AGE LIMIT FOR TESTING?
A: No. Small children will be tested for fewer antigens than older children and adults, but the test is safe for children of any age.
Q: CAN I BE TESTED IF I HAVE A TATTOO?
A: Yes. The technician will place the test on areas that are not inked. He or she may use ink-free areas on your back, arms, or legs. If you are inked in all areas, you will receive a blood test instead of a skin test.
THE DIFFERENT WAYS TO TREAT YOUR ALLERGIES
You’ll be happy to learn that your allergy symptoms can be treated and that there are three common ways to find relief from your symptoms.
These are the most common source of treatment being used for treating sneezing, runny nose, and itchy eyes that often come with allergies. If you suffer from seasonal allergic rhinitis (better known as hay fever), then you’ll be familiar with antihistamines like Benadryl and Chlor-Triemton. Although these are effective ways to treat your allergy, they can sometimes leave you feeling sleepy. But with the new generation of antihistamines, including the likes of Zyrtec, Clarinex, Allegra, and Claritin, the drowsiness side-effects are much reduced.
Decongestants are known for quickly addressing the blocked-nose, stuffy symptoms of allergies. Although they commonly treat these symptoms quickly and effectively, they can increase your heart rate and blood pressure. Decongestants can also worsen prostate problems and glaucoma so it’s essential that you contact your Doctor before taking a decongestants.
3. Allergy Shots
Allergy shots work by reducing the sensitivity of triggers that are known to set off allergies. It works by injecting small amounts of allergies over regular intervals, starting with weekly injections before moving to monthly injections over a six to twelve-month period. Allergy shots are most commonly used to treat seasonal allergies that cause sneezing, itchy eyes, and nasal congestion.
What’s The Right Treatment For You?
Sadly, this cannot be diagnosed over a web page and if you’d like to know your best course of treatment, then we recommend scheduling an appointment so that we can review your unique circumstances and offer a recommendation to help you find fast and efficient relief from your allergy symptoms.