Allergies & Allergy Testing
Did you know?
DrO Medical & Wellness Center offers Allergy Testing and Treatment
We offer relief for allergy, asthma testing & more!
Not all that wheezes is asthma.
Greater than 50 million people in in the United States alone experience allergies. Discovering what you are allergic to is an important step to successful treatment.
Common Allergies symptoms:
- Itchy, watery eyes
- Runny nose
- Stuffy nose
- Gastrointestinal problems
- Skin irritation
- Eczema (atopic dermatitis)
Allergies can also trigger hives, and migraine headache.
You don’t have to suffer, we are here to help.
With the advancement of medical technology, allergy tests are more convenient and accurate than they have ever been.
Types of allergens:
- Trees, Grass, Weeds, Molds, Feathers
- Food allergens
- Bees and other insects
- Drugs such as **penicillin
- Animals (such as dogs & cats)
Skin Allergy Testing:
We encourage patients to get to the root of the problem rather than masking the problem with over-the-counter and prescription medications which only treats symptoms.
In areas, such as Texas, allergies are a year round ongoing struggle for patients to cope with but are now easier to test and treat.
What to Expect:
Skin Allergy testing is performed with a simple scratch/probe in the back. The skin reacts to allergens quickly and our providers read the results within 20 minutes. The test is virtually painless. A treatment plan is discussed at the conclusion of your test.
Prior to testing, avoid these medications for about 5 days
- ANY anti-allergy pills or syrup
- Diphenhydramine (Benadryl and Generics);
- Chlorpheniramine (Chlor-trimeton and Cold Medicines);
- Brompheniramine (Dimetane and Generics);
- Loratidine (Claritin) Desloratidine (Clarinex);
- Fexofenadine (Allegra);
- Azelastin HCl (Astelin);
- Cetirizine (Zyrtec), Levocetirizine (Xyzal)
Food Sensitivity Testing & Treatments
The awareness of food sensitivities is becoming more common and easily treated in most patients. A comprehensive allergy testing is available.
Common Symptoms of Food Sensitivities:
- Weight gain
- Abdominal cramping
- Foggy thinking
- Sinus inflammation
- Skin irritation
If you experience any of the above symptoms within 48 hours after eating you may have food sensitivities.
What to Expect:
Food sensitivity testing is performed with a simple blood test. The results are returned within a few weeks. One of the benefits of discovering what your food sensitivities are include decreasing inflammation in the body which can lead chronic diseases.
Allergy Drops or injections – Previously patients only had the option of doing allergy shots for treatment. Now you can treat the cause of your allergies safely and effectively – with or *without shots*. We are one of the few practices that offers our patients allergy immunotherapy that you can take home. It’s called sublingual immunotherapy – or allergy drops.
Allergy drops work similar to allergy shots. They slowly desensitize you to the substance that causes your allergic reactions over the course of a year or two. Not only are allergy drops a more convenient seasonal allergy treatment method, research also shows they are safe and effective for all ages and patients often notice improvement relatively quickly. Most patients receiving allergy drops need only a few clinic visits the first year, and once every 6-12 months thereafter until visits are no longer needed which translates to lower cost and fewer office visits.
Allergy drops have been widely used in Europe for many many years. *Even the World Health Organization has concluded they are a viable alternative to allergy shots.*
Note: Allergy drops are not covered by most insurance plans but are very affordable.