Allergy Treatment Center
Learn what Medications to Discontinue Before Allergy Skin Test Appointment
Ark-La-Tex Ear, Nose & Throat offers testing and treatment for Allergy sufferers from 10 years of age and up.
Advancement in testing and treatment methods now allows us the opportunity to offer patients testing on the arm,
reducing or eliminating pain while still obtaining fast & accurate results.
Additionally, Ark-La-Tex ENT offers two allergy treatment options for your convenience! Both oral drops & injected
serums are available to help you manage your allergies your way!
Symptoms of pollen, mold, dander and
dust mite (respiratory) allergies include:
- Runny nose
- Nasal congestion
- Itchy, watery eyes
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What is Allergy?
An allergy is an unusual reaction or increased sensitivity to certain substances, called allergens that are inhaled,
ingested, injected, or come into contact with the skin. People who are very sensitive to these different allergens
may develop antibodies. The allergen reacts with the antibodies on the surface of tissue cells in the body,
releasing histamine and other chemicals causing allergy symptoms like hives, itchy watery eyes, sneezing, coughing,
nasal drainage, nasal congestion, headaches, gastrointestinal symptoms, and wheezing. Proper identification of the
allergens responsible for the symptoms may be achieved by either skin or blood testing.
During the skin test, a small amount of allergen (pollens, dust, molds, animal dander) is used to trigger an
immune system response of the skin. The size of the reaction helps to determine whether a patient is allergic
to a particular allergen. Our practice uses one of the latest skin testing techniques called blended testing
or modified quantitative testing. There will be forty preliminary prick tests which are administered easily
and without needles, followed by a limited series of intradermal tests if indicated. The entire testing technique
takes approximately 60-90 minutes. Please check with our office prior to testing because there are several medications
which must be stopped prior to testing for the most accurate results. Results are available immediately and treatment
may begin within one week of testing.
Utilizing three techniques to manage allergies, the
patient will receive the maximum relief of their symptoms:
- Immunotherapy (allergy shots or sublingual drops)
The first line of therapy for allergies is avoidance. Knowing what activates allergies through allergy
testing allows allergy sufferers to avoid being exposed to harmful triggers.
Medications such as antihistamines, nasal sprays, steroids and decongestants may provide temporary relief,
but do not address the underlying immune problem.
Immunotherapy (Allergy Shots or Sublingual Drops)
- Immunotherapy is one of the only scientifically proven methods to control allergies for long-term benefits.
Immunotherapy is ideal for those who cannot avoid their allergic triggers, have problems managing their
allergies or do not like feeling “medicated”.
- Allergy shots are usually a once-a-week injection given in our office. You may take them in
a physician's office closer to home, if needed. They have been proven to be very effective and have been used for many years.
- Sublingual Therapy is a convenient way of administering immunotherapy. They are very effective. Drops are
placed under the tongue daily at home. Insurance at this time does not cover Sublingual Therapy, and therefore is on a cash-
Fees and Deductibles
A full fee schedule is available in our office. We will check with your insurance for an estimated out of pocket amount but it
is your responsibility to pay any fees not covered by your insurance plan.
Schedule an Appointment
Call (318) 212-3960 to schedule an appointment today!