- Allergy Skin Testing
- Allergy Shots (IT)
- Penicillin Drug Testing
- Xolair/Nucala Injections
- Aspirin Desensitization
- Rapid Allergy Desensitization (RIT/Rush)
- Orthopedic/Dental Implant Testing
- Chemical / Metal / Food Patch Testing
- Allergy Drops (SLIT)
- Spirometry/NIOX Testing
- Food/Drug Graded Challenge
- Allergy Tablets (SLIT)
- Venom Skin Testing / Immunotherapy
- Immunoglobullin Replacement
Allergy Skin Testing
Skin testing is a process to confirm outdoor, indoor, and common food allergy. This is an in office procedure and is performed on the back or arm. The MA will prick the skin using a plastic devie, applying the antigen just under the first layer of skin. The procedure takes 15-20 min, at which point the provider will come in and read the response and then review all results. This test can also be performed with a simple blood test at any nearby lab center.
• Hay fever (allergic rhinitis) and asthma symptoms that are not well controlled with medicine
• Hives and angioedema
• Food allergies
• Skin rashes (dermatitis), in which the skin becomes red, sore, or swollen after contact with the substance
• Penicillin allergy
• Venom allergy
Allergy Shots (IT)
Allergy shots is a form of treatment used to help control both seasonal and year round allergies. This type of treatment are injections given under the skin subcutaneously in the office. To start this treatment, you will need to be skin tested and then a custom serum Rx will be written and created for you. Call or schedule an appointment online for any of our three locations.
Penicillin Drug Testing
If you are concerned you have a penicillin allergy or were told as a child you did, the providers are North Texas Allergy and Asthma Associates are here to help give you a peace of mind and a clear answer. Our providers can perform a simple in office test that will provide clear results that takes between 1-3 hours. Call or schedule an appointment at any of our three locations.
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What is XOLAIR?
Xolair is a subcutaneous injection used to treat patients 12 years of age and older with Asthma and/or Hives. This medication is given in office every 2-6 weeks depending on diagnoses. Call or schedule an appointment at any of our three locations.
What is Hives
• chronic idiopathic urticaria (CIU; chronic hives without a known cause) who continue to have hives that are not controlled by H1 -antihistamine treatment. Until now, H1-antihistamines have been the only approved therapy for CIU, with about 50 percent of patients having an inadequate response.
What is Xolair (Omalizumab)?
An allergic person makes too much of a certain protein in the body, called IgE antibody. The overproduction of this protein may result in various allergic conditions such as allergic rhinitis (hayfever), allergic asthma and CIU. Omalizumab is a drug that binds to the allergic antibody (IgE) in the blood stream and neutralizes (blocks) its actions
Benefits of Omalizumab
Omalizumab has been shown to decrease the number of asthma attacks in patients with more moderate to severe asthma, and in some patients it allows a reduction in, and sometimes complete elimination of, other asthma medications.
How is it administered, how often is it given, and for how long?
For asthma, your Omalizumab dose will be chosen based on your body weight and the results of a blood test that measures your level of IgE. For CIU, your Omalizumab dose will be based on your doctor’s recommendation. You will receive 1-2 injections of Omalizumab in your upper arm every 2 to 4 weeks depending on the above factors. Unless your weight changes significantly, the dose and injection schedule should not change once your treatment has started. It may take several months before you begin to notice benefits from Omalizumab. Once benefits are observed, they should last for as long as you continue to receive your regular injections. If for some reason your injections are stopped, we would expect the effects to wear off within 6 months to a year.
Adults who suffer from Aspirin-Exacerbated Respiratory Disease (AERD) often suffer from asthma, sinus congestion, and recurrent nasal polyps. Our team can perform this in office procedure to help build a person’s tolerance to aspirin (NSAID) before another procedure such as surgery. Call or schedule an appointment online at any of our three locations.
Rapid Allergy Desensitization (RIT/Rush)
Our team of board certified allergists at North Texas Allergy & Asthma Associates want to help patients get the highest quality care, including managing their sensitivity to inhalant allergens with techniques like Rush Immunotherapy (RIT). A provider will help to determine if you are a candidate for this procedure. Call or schedule an appointment online at any of our three locations.
Rhinocope is a tool used to allow the provider to get a deep look into the nasal and sinus passageways. This tool is a thin tube with a camera and light at the end. This procedure is done in office with the aid of a topical numbing agent to aid in comfort.
Orthopedic / Dental Implant Testing
With the increased use of metals implants, testing to confirm an allergy is even more important. Our team can help with this and work closely with the ordering surgeon regarding the metal. Call or schedule an appointment online at any of our three locations.
Chemical / Metal / Food Patch Testing
A patch test is used to find allergic causes of eczema/dermatitis and some other types of skin reactions such as reactions to drugs, chemicals, metals, or foods.
After reviewing your history with one of our providers, they will decide which is best fit for you. This procedure is several appointments over a period of time and the patches must be worn for 48 hrs. The staff will go over details before scheduling.
Allergy Drops (SLIT)
Sublingual immunotherapy is a preventive treatment that uses allergy drops under the tongue to treat symptoms caused by pollens, molds, or even pet dander. Our team of board-certified allergists at North Texas Allergy & Asthma Associates can help diagnose allergic responses and treat them effectively so patients can continue feeling their best. Call or schedule an appointment online for any of our three locations.
Spirometry is a type of pulmonary function test that measures the amount of air taken in (volume) and exhaled as a function of time. During a spirometry test, a patient places their mouth over the mouthpiece of the spirometer, takes a deep breath in, and then blows out as forcefully as possible.
• Forced Vital Capacity (FVC) – how much air you can blow out of your lungs
• Forced Expiratory Volume (FEV1) – the amount of air you can blow out in 1 second
Your doctor may use the results of your spirometry to diagnose emphysema or asthma. If you have a lung disease such as asthma, this test can give important information on whether or not medications are working, or if your disease is worsening.
Food/Drug Graded Challenge
Food and Drug graded challenges are used to help prove or disprove a drug (medication) and/or food allergy. Normally this is done after a skin test or an appointment to review your reaction history, This is an in office procedure and normally takes 1-3 hrs. Call or schedule an appointment online for any of our three locations.
Allergy Tablets (SCIT)
Sublingual immunotherapy is a preventive treatment that uses allergy tablets under the tongue to treat symptoms caused by pollens, molds, or even Dust Mite. Our team of board-certified allergists at North Texas Allergy & Asthma Associates can help diagnose allergic responses and treat them effectively so patients can feel their best. Call or schedule an appointment online at any of our three locations.
Venom Skin Testing / Immunotherapy
When patients find they have a systemic reaction to an insect bite, venom immunotherapy (VIT) can help reduce the severity of future reactions. Our team of board-certified allergists at North Texas Allergy & Asthma Associates welcome new patients at any of our three locations. Call or schedule an appointment online for any of our three locations.
Immunoglobulin therapy is ordered by a physician when the patient’s body does not produce enough of its own or a temporary boost in immunoglobulin is helpful in treating a specific disease. The therapy helps the body fight off infection and helps control the symptoms of many chronic diseases. Immunoglobulin therapy can be used to treat a wide variety of health conditions, but it is not a cure. The IgG can be given through an IV each month, or under the skin, (subcutaneous) once a week. Both methods are effective at replacing IgG to levels necessary to fight infections. Call or schedule an appointment online at any of our three locations.