We offer specialty care in the field of allergy, asthma and sinus to ALL age group patients. Our services offered include the following:
Allergy Skin Testing
Allergy Injections (allergen desensitization)
Flexible Nasal Endoscopy
Allergy Skin testing: Skin testing with various allergens is carried out with prick and intradermal methods. Results are read after 15 minutes of the testing. You will have to abstain from direct sun exposure on you back and arms for 1-2 weeks and also avoid certain medications particularly antihistamines in order for us to do meaningful skin testing. Allergy skin testing can not be carried out while you are on a beta blocker group of medications in any form e.g. oral formulations, eye drops etc. Please inform us if you are on beta blockers class of medications.
Allergy Injection (allergen desensitization): Allergens are injected at a regular interval starting at a very weak strength and gradually increased to develop tolerance in the patient to those allergens. We offer this service at our both locations.
Flexible Nasal Endoscopy: This is carried to examine deeper structures in the nasal passages and throat. It is of great use to look for nasal polyps, nasal septal deviation, sinus ostia drainage, enlargement of adenoids and lingual tonsils, abnormal growths, vocal cords area inflammation and disorders mimicking asthma etc. During this procedure nasal passages are locally anaesthetized with Lidocaine so the patient does not feel any pain or discomfort. You should not have history of Lidocaine allergy and should not be on any blood thinners e.g. Aspirin, Plavix, Effient and Coumadin, etc.
Lung function tests: Office spirometry is done to assess lung function and also to see response to medicines and different stimuli including exercise etc. On the day you come for your visit please do not take any bronchodilator inhalers if you can do without it because we want to see your lung functions without the influence of such inhalers. After getting the baseline functions, you will be given bronchodilator inhaler to see the response. Lung functions are used to monitor the control and progress of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Patch testing: This is done to find out the cause of chronic dermatitis which can present as chronic itchy rash and eczema at any part of your body. Patches of various chemicals are applied on your back for 48 hours. The test is read at 48 hours and subsequently as indicated.
Blood tests and X-rays: On occasions we may request blood tests and X-rays such as chest X-rays and CAT scans especially of sinuses as a part of diagnostic work up.