What do we treat?
The Asthma & Allergy Clinic of Northwest Arkansas treats adult and pediatric asthma, allergic rhinitis, drug allergies, food allergies, insect allergies, hives and chronic sinusitis. We’ll also diagnosis and treat immune deficiency, vocal cord dysfunction, eosinophilic esophagitis, eczema, anaphylaxis and chronic cough.
Drug & Insect Allergies
Asthma or allergies can make it hard for your child to breathe or enjoy things like playing outside, but it can be challenging for parents, and even doctors, to diagnose asthma in children. Parents and caregivers need to be alert for symptoms, such as coughing, wheezing, trouble breathing, and frequent colds, in children under five. Tell your child’s doctor if anyone in your family has asthma or allergies.
By discussing your child’s symptoms, you may decide your child needs an allergist. An allergist will work with your pediatrician to decide the best action plan. The allergist may perform skin or blood tests to see whether your child has allergies that can trigger asthmatic symptoms. Unlike the airways test, which requires blowing into a tube, these tests can be done at any age. With accurate diagnosis, treatment and ongoing monitoring of allergies and asthma, your child can remain healthy and active.
New patient appointments typically include a thorough medical history, exam, and allergy testing. The time and cost of this visit will vary based on your symptoms and the testing that your allergist recommends. The evaluation usually takes 2-3 hours.
Based on the evaluation, the doctor will formulate a diagnosis and recommend treatment options. Education regarding your diagnosis and treatment plan is an important part of your initial visit. We will work with you to create a treatment program that provides the most effective therapy for your unique medical issues. Our goal is to arrive at a treatment plan which allows you to take control of your asthma or allergy symptoms.
If you are being evaluated for allergies, we recommend you stop taking antihistamines (such as Benadryl, Claritin, Allegra, Zyrtec) at least 5 days before your appointment (Clarinex 7 days, Hydroxyzine 10 days). If you are unsure if you are on an antihistamine, please call our office. Do not stop your other medications.
When you arrive, your doctor will place a small amount of allergen extract on your skin with a skin test device that lightly scratches the skin. The average number of screening skin tests is 20 for children and 40 for adults, depending on your symptoms. The skin testing lasts for 15-30 minutes, and your results will be done immediately afterwards.
After the procedure, the skin tests may cause some temporary itching at the site of the test if you are allergic. At any time during your visit, please feel free to ask questions if there is something that you do not understand.
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