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Patient Services

Cat Allergies

The Family Allergy & Asthma Medical Center treats many different health problems. We take great care in finding a solution that fits your needs and lifestyle. Some of the problems we treat are:

  • Hay fever, stuffy nose
  • Sinusitis, headaches
  • Rashes, itching
  • Hives
  • Eczema
  • Asthma, wheezing
  • Bronchitis, cough
  • Exercise intolerance
  • Food allergy/intolerance
  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • Frequent infections
  • Reaction to medicines
  • Insect sting reactions
  • Anaphylaxis

Procedures/ services performed:

  • Lung function testing by spirometry and by measurement of fractional exhaled nitric oxide.
  • Allergy skin testing to inhalant allergens, foods, drugs, vaccines and stinging insects (bees, wasps, hornets and yellow jackets).
  • Drug and food challenge tests.
  • Patch testing for contact allergens.
  • Interpretation of tests done at laboratories.

Treatment options explored with patient are:

  • Medications - emphasis is placed on using safe medications with the least side effects.
  • Environment control - avoiding or decreasing exposure to allergens is discussed.
  • Allergen immunotherapy - desensitization treatment to correct the immune dysfunction causing allergies. Treatment with allergy extracts is given either by injection (subcutaneous immunotherapy) or under the tongue (sublingual immunotherapy).
  • Treatment with Biologic medicines is prescribed for patients with severe asthma, chronic urticaria, and severe eczema.
  • Diet changes - where food allergy plays a role.
  • Referral to specialists in other fields is done when necessary.
  • Open attitude is kept to look at treatment with supplements that are safe and beneficial.

Treatment goals are to help patients live as normal a life as possible by:

  • Minimizing the disease to the greatest extent.
  • Minimizing any lifestyle restrictions imposed by the disease state.
  • Minimizing bad effects of any treatments selected.

Ages Treated

Allergies can affect people of any age. We take care of the whole family, including the newborn baby as well as the elderly. We encourage a kid-friendly atmosphere where children feel very comfortable and secure.

We also take care of pregnant women and offer treatment options safe for the growing baby.