About 50 million Americans have allergies and more the 22 million have asthma, but few understand the value of seeing an allergist for relief or even know what an allergist does.In a recent survey, 39 percent of the public said an allergist treats allergies; only 7 percent said an allergist treats asthma.
With the proliferation of over the counter medications, many patients simply try to treat their own symptoms. Even those who see a doctor may not know why they should choose an allergist.
Many people have symptoms that might be due to allergies but they are not getting any better on their medications. These problems can interfere with sleep, work, school or leisure activities. So, as soon as you have symptoms which keep you from living your life to its fullest you should consult an allergist. Testing can safely be done on patients of all ages, from infants to elderly patients.
At your first visit, your medical history will be taken. The many things that can cause your allergic symptoms can be difficult to uncover. We take the time to accumulate a lot of information about your personal health concerns as well as your living environment. Your provider will then discuss what testing is appropriate for you or your family member. Individualized testing is performed in our office. This may include skin tests for foods, indoor or outdoor allergens and/or a lung function test. If these tests are done at the first visit, the appointment often lasts between one and a half to two hours. Sometimes it is necessary to delay the testing until a later visit. Other tests may include blood tests or x-rays which are scheduled outside the office after the visit.
As soon as we have an accurate diagnosis, we recommend ways to avoid exposure to your allergic triggers and/or prescribe medications or other treatments that should help you feel better. Sometimes allergy shots are needed as a long term treatment option for nasal allergies, sinus problems and asthma for various reasons.
A Nurse Practitioner is not a substitute for a physician. A Nurse Practitioner works with your physician to provide the highest quality care. If your condition goes beyond the boundary of what your Nurse Practitioner is trained to manage, you will be referred to your physician who will directly manage your care.
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