Pinnacle Care Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine located in Peoria, AZ & Surprise, AZ
When allergy symptoms are more than just a mild annoyance, the skilled medical staff at Pinnacle Care Internal Medicine can help. At their Peoria, Arizona, office, an experienced allergy technician is on hand to perform allergy testing to identify allergens that impact your quality of life. In addition to a fast, accurate diagnosis, the allergy specialist can administer immunotherapy injections to prevent serious long-term health complications of serious allergic reactions. Learn more about the importance of allergy testing by calling the office or using the online booking feature today.
Allergy Testing Q & A
What is an allergy?
An allergy is an overreaction of your body when exposed to certain substances (allergens) in the environment typically considered harmless to other people. Common allergy triggers include:
- Pet dander
- Insect bites
You can also develop allergies to foods, especially nuts and dairy, or to certain over-the-counter or prescription medications.
Why do I need allergy testing?
While some people experience mild reactions to allergens, others can develop symptoms that are disruptive to their routine or become life-threatening. To ensure your health is well-protected, allergy testing can identify which substances trigger an allergic reaction.
By understanding which allergens affect your health, the medical team at Pinnacle Care Internal Medicine can provide the right treatment to keep your allergies well-managed.
What happens during allergy testing?
For patient convenience, Pinnacle Care Internal Medicine offers on-site allergy testing with an experienced allergy technician. During your test, you’re exposed to a variety of potential allergies, and the technician actively monitors your reaction.
Once your results are complete, the allergy technician sends them to the on-site lab that creates injections for immunotherapy.
What is immunotherapy?
Immunotherapy is an effective way to prevent allergic reactions in the body from exposure to allergens. At Pinnacle Care Internal Medicine, an allergy technician can treat allergies by injecting specific doses of allergens into your body.
This treatment causes your immune system to become less sensitive to allergens, which reduces your reaction to exposure. Over time, your immunotherapy treatments involve increasing the dose of injections until you no longer show a reaction.
What other treatments are available for allergies?
In addition to immunotherapy, your Pinnacle Care Internal Medicine provider can also recommend over-the-counter or prescription medications to address the symptoms of seasonal allergies, like sneezing and itchy eyes.
If you have allergies to certain foods, your Pinnacle Care Internal Medicine provider can work with you on a plan to avoid allergens while still ensuring good nutrition. They can also create an emergency plan in the event of anaphylaxis, a life-threatening allergic reaction that causes your airways to swell and limits your breathing.
In emergency situations for those prone to anaphylaxis, your physician can provide you with an injectable epinephrine medication to quickly reduce inflammation. You will also need to seek emergency medical care at a hospital to prevent additional medical complications.
Schedule comprehensive, in-office allergy testing today by calling the office or by using the online booking feature.
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