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general treatment services Wecome to Northeastern Asthma & Allergy Associates, LLC, serving the communities of Northeastern Connecticut since 2007.

Our practice provides patients with a wide range of asthma and allergy relief and preventative care.

Additionally, our three Board Certified physicians provide pulmonary care, as well as the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders.

Northeastern Asthma & Allergy Associates is the only local practice administrating the medication XOLAIR for the treatment of Asthma and Allergy. XOLAIR has recently been approved for the treatment of Hives (Uticaria)

 

What are the reasons for undergoing allergy skin testing?

To help you manage your allergy symptoms most effectively, your doctor must first determine what is causing your allergy. For instance, you don't have to get rid of your cat if you are allergic to dust mites but not cats.
Allergy tests provide concrete specific information about what you are and are not allergic to. Once you have identified the specific allergen(s) causing your symptoms, you and your physician can develop a treatment plan aimed at controlling or eliminating your allergy symptoms. With your allergy symptoms under control you should see a considerable improvement in the quality of your life. Improved sleep quality because of less congestion, days without constant sneezing and blowing your nose, improved ability to exercise, and better control of your atopic dermatitis (eczema) are some of improvements you may gain from your allergy treatment plans.

Examples of common causes of allergies:

  • Products from dust mites (tiny bugs you can't see) that live in your home
  • Proteins from furry pets, which are found in their skin secretions (dander), saliva and urine (it's actually not their hair)
  • Molds in your home or in the air outside
  • Tree, grass and weed pollen
  • Cockroach droppings
  • Food

Types of Allergy Tests

Prick Technique: The prick technique involves introducing a small amount of allergen into the skin by making a small puncture through a drop of the allergen extract. If you have an allergy, the specific allergens that you are allergic to will cause a chain reaction to begin in your body.

People with allergies have an allergic antibody called IgE (immunoglobulin E) in their body. This chemical, which is only found in people with allergies, activates special cells called mast cells. These mast cells release chemicals called mediators, such as histamine, the chemical that causes redness and swelling. With testing, this swelling occurs only in the spots where the tiny amount of allergen to which you are allergic has been introduced. So, if you are allergic to ragweed pollen but not to cats, the spot where the ragweed allergen touched your skin will swell and itch a bit, forming a small dime-sized hive. The spot where the cat allergen scratched your skin will remain normal. This reaction happens quickly within your body.
Test results are available within 15 minutes of testing, so you don't have to wait long to find out what is triggering your allergies. And you won't have any other symptoms besides the slightly swollen, small hives where the test was done; this goes away within 30 minutes.

Intradermal: involves injecting a small amount of allergen under the skin with a syringe. This form of testing is more sensitive than the prick skin test method. This form of allergy testing may be used if the prick skin tests are negative.

Other Allergy Testing Techniques
Scratch tests: The term scratch test refers to a technique not commonly used at the present, which involves abrading the skin and then dropping the allergen on the abraded site.

Who can be tested for allergies?
Adults and children 14 years and older can be tested for allergies. Because different allergens bother different people, your allergist will take your medical history to determine which test is the best for you. Some medications can interfere with skin testing. Antihistamines, in particular, can inhibit some of the skin test reactions. Use of antihistamines should be stopped one to several days prior to skin testing.

Blood (RAST) test: Sometimes your allergist/immunologist will do a blood test, called a RAST (radioallergosorbent) test. Since this test involves drawing blood, it costs more, and the results are not available as rapidly as skin tests. RAST tests are generally used only in cases in which skin tests cannot be performed, such as on patients taking certain medications, or those with skin conditions that may interfere with skin testing.

Who can be tested for allergies?
Adults and children of any age can be tested for allergies. Because different allergens bother different people, your allergist will take your medical history to determine which test is the best for you. Some medications can interfere with skin testing. Antihistamines, in particular, can inhibit some of the skin test reactions. Use of antihistamines should be stopped one to several days prior to skin testing.

When to see an Asthma specialist?
Allergy testing by a doctor may be helpful in patients with anaphylaxis (systemic allergic reaction), asthma, allergic pneumonia, conjunctivitis, cough, dermatitis, drug allergy, food allergy, insect allergy, rhinitis, sinusitis, urticaria and angioedema. Your doctor can provide you with more information on allergy testing.

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Northeastern Asthma & Allergy
Associates LLC


320 Pomfret St.
Putnam, CT 06260

Phone: 860-928-5864
Fax: 860-928-5865
Email: neaa@att.net

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