Understanding Allergies and Asthma
Allergies. Asthma. These closely related illnesses affect millions of individuals throughout the United States.
- One in five Americans suffer from some type of allergy.
- Over 20 million people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with asthma, and children account for nearly half of this number.
Allergy Testing and Treatment
Kelliwood Family Practice treats all allergic conditions, including: hay fever, asthma, hives, eczema, chronic sinusitis, chronic cough, post nasal drip, sneezing, itching, and itchy nose, skin, mouth, throat or eyes.
Our providers also evaluate and/or treat insect sting and drug allergies.
Claritin, Zyrtec, Xyzal, Allegra, Nasonex, Flonase, Singulair and even Steroid Shots all treat allergy symptoms, but none actually makes you less allergic. You stop the medicine, it soon stops working. Allergy shots are unique in that if taken at the right dose for at least 3 years, they can continue to provide beneficial immunologic effects after you stop taking them.
If you have suffered with respiratory allergy symptoms either seasonally or all year, or had more than one sinus infection per year, you are a candidate for allergy testing to determine if immunotherapy (allergy shots) would be helpful for you. Kelliwood Family Practice has partnered with Bayou Allergy to provide in-house, convenient allergy testing for our patients. This test is conducted to determine if you have allergic reactions to specific allergens. The most accurate allergy test is a skin test. In this test an extract of a suspected allergen is placed on the skin with a device that slightly penetrates the surface. If a bump surrounded by redness occurs at the site, the patient may be allergic to that allergen. Blood tests are another form of allergy testing that may be necessary under special circumstances. Together, KFP and Bayou Allergy work to develop the optimum strategy for treatment and relief of symptoms. They prescribe the proper balance of prevention, medications and immunotherapy (allergy shots or drops) to achieve maximum clinical benefit. Our staff takes time to educate the patients on self-administration of the allergy serum and follow you throughout your treatments.