At Mid-Cities Allergy & Asthma Center we evaluate and treat a full range of allergic, asthmatic, respiratory, and immune disorders. We treat adults and children of any age so that the entire family can be treated in one convenient location.
Conditions Commonly Treated at Mid-Cities Allergy & Asthma Center
Post Nasal Drip
Itchy & Watery Eyes
Sinusitis (Chronic and Acute)
Insect Allergy & Sting Reactions
Acute and Chronic Cough
Shortness of breath
Asthma (Allergic and Non-Allergic)
Other Respiratory Disorders
Allergic Skin Rashes
Atopic Dermatitis and Eczema
Hives (Chronic Urticaria)
Headaches and Migraines
And Many Others
Tests and Procedures Offered at Mid-Cities Allergy & Asthma Center
Allergy Tests (Skin, In-Vitro)
Delayed Hypersensitivity Skin Tests
Food and Drug Challenges
Immunotherapy (allergy shots)
Immune Competence Evaluation
Skin Punch Biopsy
Description of Selected Tests and Procedures
Allergy skin testing has been shown to be a highly sensitive and specific method to detect the presence of blood immune proteins (IgE) to various allergens (food, airborne, and venom). In this type of test, small amounts of allergen are introduced by pricking the skin and then noting the presence of a reaction 20 minutes later. This type of test is blunted by any form of an antihistamine taken in the preceding 5 days. If your doctor determines that allergy skin testing will be necessary, you will need to stop using antihistamines for 5 days before your test so that the test results are accurate. Click the link below to download a list of medications which can affect skin test results.
In order to diagnose asthma and other lung ailments, it may be necessary for patients to undergo pulmonary function testing, which may include spirometry and/or exhaled nitrous oxide breath testing. In these types of tests, patients are asked to breathe into a machine, and a computer will measure lung function and/or nitrous oxide levels. In some cases, patients may be administered inhaled medications to see how their lung function changes to the medication. When performed correctly, these tests are highly accurate at assessing your lung function and aids the physician in making a diagnosis of asthma and/or other lung conditions.
Chemical Patch Testing
Some people have problems with acute or chronic rashes that occur on their body. In some cases, they may have a condition known as contact dermatitis. Contact dermatitis can occur from contact with some plants (poison ivy) or from contact with chemicals found in the environment, cosmetics, soaps, lotions, medications and even food. In chemical patch testing, patches containing certain chemicals are affixed onto the patient's back for 48 hours. When the patches are removed, the test is read at 48 and 72 hours, though sometimes a longer waiting period is required. This type of testing has been shown to be helpful in isolating the cause of many types of contact dermatitis.
Allergen Immunotherapy, also known as allergy shots, is a proven method to help desensitize or "re-train" the immune system of allergic individuals. Allergy shots contain no medicine, just the pure extracts of the allergens to which a patient is allergic. Shots build-up in strength over time and gradually allow the allergic individual to tolerate what they were previously allergic to. Shots are currently available for allergic rhinitis, also known as hayfever (pollen, dust mites, mold and animal dander) and venom allergy (bees, wasps, yellow jackets, hornets and fire ants). Your doctor will determine whether your clinical history warrants testing and if allergy shots may be a treatment option for you.
Some patients may be a candidate for rapid desensitization, also known as Rush Immunotherapy or Cluster Immunotherapy. Rapid desensitization shortens the build-up phase for allergy shots. This procedure can hasten protection, which is helpful in patients with life-threatening venom allergy. Ask an allergist at Mid-Cities Allergy & Asthma Center whether you may be candidate for this type of immunotherapy.
For certain difficult-to-diagnose rashes, it may be necessary to perform a skin biopsy. In this procedure, the affected area is locally anesthetized and a small piece of the affected tissue is taken and sent to the pathology lab. Skin biopsies can be very helpful in determining the cause of certain skin conditions.
Based on the individual needs of our patients, our medical center also offers highly specialized procedures which include, but are not limited to: food patch testing, venom skin testing, oral food and medications challenges, drug skin testing and desensitizations.
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