Allergy

Allergy Services at The Allergy and Asthma Centers of Cape Cod

At The Allergy and Asthma Centers of Cape Cod, we fully comprehend the profound impact allergies can have on the daily lives and overall wellness of individuals. We’ve dedicated our practice to helping patients navigate through their allergies with effective and personalized treatment strategies.

Our comprehensive approach to allergy care is designed to help you manage your condition, improve your quality of life, and take charge of your health. Let’s take a detailed look at our extensive array of allergy services.

Allergy

Diagnostic Tests for Allergies

Before we can devise an effective treatment plan, it’s crucial to accurately diagnose the type and severity of your allergies. At The Allergy and Asthma Centers, we offer several advanced diagnostic tests that help us understand the root cause of your allergy symptoms. These tests include:

Skin Prick Tests

Skin Prick Tests

A skin prick test is one of the most common allergy tests. This procedure involves pricking the skin with a tiny, sterilized probe that contains a small amount of a suspected allergen. If you’re allergic, you’ll develop a small bump or hive at the test site, indicating a positive reaction. This test helps us pinpoint specific substances to which your body may have an allergic response.

Blood Tests

Blood Tests

Blood tests, also known as ImmunoCAP or RAST tests, are used to measure the amount of specific antibodies called Immunoglobulin E (IgE) that your immune system may produce in response to suspected allergens. An elevated IgE level can indicate an allergic reaction. These tests are often used when skin tests can’t be performed due to certain conditions like severe eczema or the use of specific medications.

Patch Tests

Patch Tests

Patch tests are used primarily to identify substances causing contact dermatitis or allergic skin reactions. During a patch test, your skin is exposed to suspected allergens through adhesive patches, which are usually left on the skin for 48 hours. A positive allergic reaction is typically marked by a rash or irritation at the site.

Personalized Allergy Treatment Options

Once we have a detailed understanding of your allergy, your overall health status, and your lifestyle, our team devises a personalized treatment plan that aligns with your needs and preferences. Here are the treatment options we offer:
Allergy Shots (Immunotherapy)

Allergy Shots (Immunotherapy)

Immunotherapy, or allergy shots, is a long-term treatment option that can reduce your sensitivity to allergens over time. This approach involves introducing small, controlled amounts of the allergens into your system through regular injections. The dosage is gradually increased so that your body builds up immunity to the allergens.

Education and Prevention Strategies

Education and Prevention Strategies

At The Allergy and Asthma Centers, we firmly believe in the power of patient education as a tool in managing allergies. Our team will guide you in understanding your allergic responses and help you devise strategies to avoid allergens. This might include modifying your diet if you have food allergies, adjusting your lifestyle for seasonal allergies, or learning how to minimize contact with pet dander. Our aim is to equip you with the knowledge you need to prevent allergic reactions and effectively manage your condition.

Medication Management

Medication Management

Depending on the type and severity of your allergy, we may recommend over-the-counter or prescription medication to help manage your symptoms. This could include antihistamines, decongestants, corticosteroids, or other medications that help control allergic reactions. Our team will guide you on the appropriate use of these medications.

Allergy Drops (Sublingual Immunotherapy)

Allergy Drops (Sublingual Immunotherapy)

Sublingual Immunotherapy (SLIT), or allergy drops, is an alternative to allergy shots. This treatment involves placing drops of a solution containing allergens under your tongue. The drops are usually taken at home, making this treatment option convenient for many patients.

Specialized Allergy Programs

Apart from our standard offerings, we provide specialized programs for severe or specific allergies. These are designed to offer comprehensive support and treatment for these particular conditions:

Food Allergy Program

This program is designed for individuals suffering from food allergies. It includes conducting food challenges to identify specific food allergens, offering dietary counseling to help you navigate meal planning, and developing emergency action plans to prepare you and your family for any unexpected allergic reactions.

Bee Sting Allergy Program

For patients with severe reactions to bee stings, we provide a program that includes venom immunotherapy. This treatment is similar to allergy shots but uses purified insect venom. Alongside this treatment, we also provide education on how to avoid stinging insects and what to do in case of a sting.

Drug Allergy Program

Drug allergies can have serious consequences. At our center, we evaluate, diagnose, and manage drug allergies. This may include conducting drug challenges to confirm the allergy and carrying out desensitization procedures when necessary. These procedures involve gradually introducing the drug to your system in a controlled environment to increase your tolerance.

At The Allergy and Asthma Centers of Cape Cod, our goal is to help you regain control of your life and health. With our comprehensive services and patient-focused care, we are committed to walking with you every step of the way on your journey towards a healthier, allergy-free lifestyle.

Pediatric Allergy Services

Children can be equally, if not more, affected by allergies, and understanding and managing these conditions early on is vital. At The Allergy and Asthma Centers, we offer a range of services specifically designed to care for our younger patients.

Comprehensive Allergy Testing for Children

Children are not simply small adults – their bodies are growing and changing, and their reactions to allergens can also change over time. To account for these unique factors, we conduct comprehensive allergy testing that is suitable for their age and health condition. These tests help us identify the specific allergens causing symptoms, allowing us to create more effective treatment plans.

Personalized Pediatric Treatment Plans

Based on the diagnostic results, we develop personalized treatment plans for our pediatric patients. These may include medications suitable for their age and weight, allergen avoidance strategies, immunotherapy, or a combination of these. Our team takes into account the child’s lifestyle, school environment, and other important factors to ensure the treatment plan is feasible and effective.

Family Education and Support

Parents and caregivers play a crucial role in managing a child’s allergies. We provide comprehensive education to families about the child’s condition, the importance of allergen avoidance, the proper use of medications, and the steps to take in case of an allergic reaction. This enables families to create a safe and supportive environment for the child.

Ongoing Support and Care

Living with allergies often means adapting to changes in your condition over time. This is why The Allergy and Asthma Centers offers ongoing care and support to our patients.

Regular Follow-Up Appointments

Regular check-ins allow us to monitor your condition and adjust your treatment plan as needed. During these visits, we assess your symptom control, review the effectiveness of the treatment, discuss any side effects or complications, and answer any questions you may have.

Emergency Allergy Care

For severe allergic reactions, our team is prepared to provide emergency care. We prioritize patient safety and can guide you or your caregivers on what to do in case of an anaphylactic reaction.

Health Education and Updates

As part of our commitment to patient education, we regularly update you on the latest research and developments in allergy care. This helps you stay informed and empowered in managing your condition.

Contact Us

Managing allergies can be challenging, but with the right care and support, you can lead a healthy, fulfilling life. The Allergy and Asthma Centers of Cape Cod is here to partner with you on your journey towards better health.

We encourage you to contact us and schedule an appointment to explore how we can help you manage your allergies effectively. Our dedicated team of professionals is ready to provide you with the personalized care you deserve. Thank you for choosing The Allergy and Asthma Centers of Cape Cod – your partners in health.