ALLERGY SKIN TESTING
Patients suffering from allergy related diseases are advised to undergo allergy testing. By determining the underlying cause of the disease through allergy testing, we are not only able to treat the symptoms but are also able to cure the patient. Allergy testing consists of both scratch tests and intradermal tests. The scratch test is very simple to perform; a small amount of allergen extract is dropped onto the skin that was previously scratched with a blunt needle without drawing blood. A positive reaction is indicative of the individual's sensitive to that substance. The intradermal test has the advantage of being more sensitive. The intradermal test is done by injecting a very small amount of allergen extract between the layers of the skin, just enough to make a small welt. The scratch tests or the intradermal tests will reveal a local reaction at the site of the test in ten to twenty minutes if the patient is sensitive to the substance being tested.
Your vial of vaccine consists of extracts of the specific allergenic substances to which you are allergic. It has been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration. Each serum is custom formulated in our private laboratory according to each individual patient's unique allergenic reactivity as determined by his/her allergy skin tests. No two vaccines are exactly the same. Our method of formulation and dilution has been in use for almost one hundred years. After formulation and dilution by certified professionals, your vial of allergy serum is inspected and sealed for your protection. It is tamper proof and once the seal has been broken, it cannot be resealed.
Intravenous aminophylline is used for the treatment of acute severe asthma. Aminophylline is a bronchodilator that works in several ways: it relaxes muscles in your lungs and chest to allow more air in, decreases the sensitivity of your lungs to allergens and other substance that cause inflammation, and increases the contractions of your diaphragm to draw more air into the lungs. I.V. aminophylline treatments are performed in-house, which in turn, prevents the patient from going to the hospital Emergency Room. Hospitals are dangerous places for asthmatics. We keep our asthmatics well and out of the hospital.
PULMONARY FUNCTION TESTS
Pulmonary function tests evaluate how much air your lungs can hold and how quickly you can move air in and out of your lungs. Pulmonary function tests can detect any lung problems caused by a person's allergies or asthma. These tests are performed when a patient is experiencing shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing, chest tightness, chest discomfort, chest pain, chest congestion or breathlessness.
PULMONARY STRESS TEST
The purpose of the pulmonary stress test is to diagnose Exercise Induced Asthma (EIA). Patients who experience chest tightness, wheezing, shortness of breath or cough after exertion most likely have EIA. The pulmonary stress test is a test performed in the doctor's office that measures the volume of air that can be forced out of the lungs in one second. First, the patient takes the pulmonary function test, and then he or she uses a treadmill or performs some other type of exercise. Then, the amount of air that can be forced out of the lungs in one second is measured again. If that amount falls more than 10 to 15 percent after exertion, this indicates that the patient has EIA. Bronchodilators may be prescribed to use before exercise in order to prevent EIA.
Chest X-rays are performed in order to differentiate asthma from other conditions that may cause wheezing and to demonstrate possible complications of asthma, such as irreversible lung damage.
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