More than 50 million Americans have experienced various types of allergies each year. Allergies are the 6th leading cause of chronic illness in the nation. People (nationwide) visit the emergency room about 200,000 times each year because of food allergies.
Allergy testing is used to find out what substance, or allergen, may trigger an allergic response in a person. The two most common types of allergy testing used are skin testing and serum specific IgE antibody testing that determines the substances a subject is allergic to. Our goal is to sustain and improve your health with the best services and the most advanced medical technology to provide allergy relief.
Skin testing – Typically, the skin is lightly pricked with the small amount of the suspected allergen first and may be followed up with injecting the allergen just below the skin. Most of the allergy testing we perform is skin testing.
Serum specific IgE antibody testing – This determines the substances a subject is allergic to. This is different from a skin allergy test, which determines allergy by the reaction of a person's skin to different substances. These blood tests are not as sensitive as skin tests but are often used for people who are not able to have skin testing.
Nathan Box, DO, FAOCO, can diagnose allergies by obtaining a complete history of symptoms and conducting allergy testing. Once a specific diagnosis is made, he can treat the disease in several different ways, depending on the nature of the allergy:
- Antihistamines – to treat the “itchy,” “sneezy,” “allergic” component of allergies
- Anti-inflammatories – to treat the swelling, inflammatory component of allergies
- Environmental modification – making changes in flooring, air conditioning or humidity
- Allergy desensitization – used to gradually expose the patient to increasing doses of the allergen to eventually “desensitize” them to the allergen
- Allergy injections (immunotherapy) – generally used for indoor/outdoor environmental allergens
- Sublingual tablets – a new treatment option that can be used for some indoor/outdoor environmental allergens
- Drug desensitization – used in the case of drug allergy
- Sublingual immunotherapy
Whether your symptoms are caused by mold, seasonal or environmental allergies, pollen, dust mites or different types of animal dander (inhaled allergies), Dr. Box can help you breathe better.
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