Allergy & Asthma - What we do
What Are Allergies?

Allergies are the result of a chain reaction that starts in the immune system. Your immune system controls how your body defends itself. For instance, if you have an allergy to pollen, your immune system identifies pollen as an invader or allergen. Your immune system in turn overreacts by producing antibodies or Immunoglobulin E (IgE). These antibodies travel to cells that release chemicals causing an allergic reaction.

Allergy shots or Immunotherapy are aimed at increasing you tolerance to allergens that trigger your symptoms every time you are exposed to them. An Allergist or Immunologist is a physician who specializes in these areas and is the most qualified professional to let you know if Immunotherapy is right for you.

Who Can Be Treated with Allergy Shots?

Immunotherapy is recommended for any individual with allergic asthma, allergic rhinitis/conjunctivitis and stinging insect allergies. Immunotherapy is not recommended for people with food allergies. Before considering immunotherapy, there are a few factors to consider:
  • The length of the allergy season and the severity of your allergy symptoms
  • Whether medications and/or changes to your immediate environment can control your allergy symptoms.
  • Your desire to avoid long-term medication use
Immunotherapy for children is effective and often well tolerated. It may even prevent the onset of new allergen sensitivities or any progression of current asthma issues.

How do I know if I need Immunotherapy?

After you see your Allergist for the first time, a determination will be made if you will need skin testing. Skin testing is done with a small scratch to the skin. This scratch will also contain a specific allergen in question; this could be dust mite dander, cockroach dander, ragweed, etc. Your allergist will then observe the type of reaction your skin has, if any reaction at all. Once determination is made as to what is causing your allergies, a comprehensive treatment plan will be instilled by your Physician.

How do Allergy Shots Work?

Allergy shots work like a vaccine. Your body responds to the injected amounts of a particular allergen (given in gradually increasing doses) little by little, developing a resistance and tolerance to it. Allergy shots can lead to decreased, minimal or no allergy symptoms when you are again exposed to the allergen in question.

Immunotherapy has two general phases: the build-up and maintenance phases. The build-up phase involves receiving injections with increasing amounts of allergens. Frequency of the build-up injections is used once or twice a week, although a more rapid build-up schedule may be imposed depending on the severity of your allergies. The maintenance phase begins when the most effective dose is reached. This does is different for each person, depending on how allergic you are and your response to the build-up phase. Once the maintenance dose is reached, there are longer periods between injections, typically two to four weeks.

Some of the conditions we treat include:
  • Asthma
  • Sinus Problems
  • Food/Drug Allergies
  • Latex Allergies
  • Animal/Insect Dander Allergies
  • Hay Fever
  • Skin Allergies/Rashes
  • Insect Allergies
  • Upper Respiratory Infections
  • Hives or Frequent Skin Breakouts
  • Frequent Colds/Infections
  • Environmental Allergies Focused on Molds, Spores, Fungus.

With the added value of the SIMED healthcare system, we are able to provide additional services to our patients including:MRI

  • CT
  • Digital X-Ray
  • Ultrasound
  • Screening Mammography
  • Pharmacy - Offering prescription and over-the-counter medications
  • Bone Density
  • Laboratory
  • Physical Therapy including Aqua Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Health Psychology
  • Sleep Center

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