At the North Texas Family Allergy Center, we can diagnose and treat all airborne allergies such as pollen, ragweed, and pet dander using RAST testing. Unlike skin testing, RAST testing uses only one small blood sample for chemical analysis. From this sample, RAST can accurately identify the 1gE antibodies in the blood that react to certain allergens, thereby pinpointing specific allergies and gauging the severity of reactions. The RAST test is safe, and accurate. A single blood sample can be used for many different allergens. Since the test is performed outside the body, there is a limited-to-low chance of an adverse patient reaction. Once a diagnosis is made, we suggest a course of treatment such as avoidance, medication or immunotherapy specifically designed to control the allergy-related problem(s). Our board-certified medical physicians at Family Medicine Associates of Texas in Carrollton, TX are equipped to provide you with exceptional allergy diagnosis, care, and treatment.
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Men, women, and children can suffer from a wide range of different allergies. Allergies can be regional, seasonal, or even food related. However, with such sophisticated tests, such as the RAST test, it provides us with a starting point and helps us to identify your allergy condition. Sometimes, children outgrow their allergies as they get older but unfortunately, many adults do not outgrown their allergies. Our practice also offers diagnosis and treatment for asthma and pulmonary function as well.
Asthma is a respiratory condition that causes the airways in the lungs to narrow, fill with mucus, or become inflamed. This condition makes it difficult to breath and causes symptoms such as, coughing, chest pain, or wheezing. Typically, asthma can be managed with inhalers or preventative medication like steroids. Various factors such as, stress, allergies, pet dander, and vigorous activities can bring on an asthma attack.
Sinus and Allergies
Allergic sinusitis is when the sinus membranes and cavities become inflamed. The symptoms include itchy or water eyes, sneezing, runny nose, and nasal congestion. Sinus and allergy problems can prevent you from enjoying the outdoors and living optimally. Fortunately, there are many diagnostic tests and treatment options available to ease your pain and discomfort. Your doctor will provide you with educational resources and a personalized treatment plan for your condition.
Allergy Testing and Shots
RAST testing can help identify a variety of allergies, which can provide a starting point for treatment to improve your condition. Typically, over-the-counter medication can bring a significant amount of relief. It is also very normal for patients to try several medications before finding one that works for them. However, sometimes over the counter medicine is not enough and patients may decide to receive allergy shots.
Pulmonary Function Testing
Pulmonary function testing measures the air flow and health of the lungs. Allergies can make breathing difficult, so if your lungs are not at their maximum capacity, it can make breathing even more challenging.
Plan for Your Appointment
Don't let allergies and asthma bog you down any further. Our family practice offers a wide range of tests that can help identify your condition. These screenings will enable our board-certified medical physicians to provide a custom treatment plan that should bring you significant relief. Call today to schedule your appointment!