Millions of Americans suffer from allergies, which can range from mild discomfort to severe illness. We are proud to offer comprehensive allergy testing and allergy treatment, including sublingual immunotherapy.
The Alliance ENT Allergy Institute is dedicated to the best and most advanced methods of diagnosis and treatment of allergies. We’re a unique center – based in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin – where nationally recognized asthma and allergy doctors, careful diagnoses, cutting-edge treatments, ongoing research, and education of patients are the primary objectives. Our allergists and healthcare providers devote themselves to teaching pediatric and adult patients about their diseases, the underlying causes of their symptoms, the application of the latest treatments and research, and the potential benefits and dangers of these treatments.
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Patients with asthma, sinusitis, rhinitis, anaphylaxis, food allergy, drug allergy, angioedema, urticaria, itching, eczema, otitis, IgG and IgA deficiencies, and other immunologic abnormalities are routinely referred to our Allergy Institute by both primary-care doctors and specialists, particularly when patients require extra care or are difficult-to-manage with standard treatment programs. Alliance ENT Allergy Institute is proud of its capacity to manage these challenging patients and is honored to receive these referrals.
In general, there is no cure for allergies, but there are several types of medications available — both over-the-counter and prescription — to help ease and treat annoying symptoms like congestion and runny nose. These allergy drugs include antihistamines, decongestants, combination drugs, corticosteroids, and others. Allergy shots, which gradually increase your ability to tolerate allergens, are also available.
An allergic reaction or allergy is a hypersensitivity disorder of the immune system. Symptoms include red eyes, itchiness, and runny nose, eczema, hives, or an asthma attack. Allergies can play a major role in conditions such as asthma. In some people, severe allergies to environmental or dietary allergens or to medication may result in life-threatening reactions called anaphylaxis. Food allergies, and reactions to the venom of stinging insects such as wasps and bees are more often associated with these severe reactions. Not all reactions or intolerances are forms of allergy.
Environmental Allergy Testing
Allergy testing begins with a skin prick test performed on your forearm to discover any underlying allergies to pollens, molds, dust mites, and animal danders. After we determine what you react positive to, we continue with an intradermal test that involves injecting minute amounts of antigen under your first layer of skin to measure the skin’s response. Testing takes approximately 1 hour, after which you will have your results and can schedule a follow up with one of our physicians.
Testing for Penicillin Allergy
Allergy to penicillin and related antibiotics is the most commonly reported drug allergy in the United States. Approximately 85% of patients who describe themselves as “penicillin allergic” will have negative skin tests and can safely receive penicillin and related antibiotics. However, it is critical to detect which patients are truly allergic to penicillin, as exposure to the antibiotic could cause very serious problems, including anaphylaxis.
Anaphylaxis is a serious allergic reaction that is rapid in onset and may cause death. It typically causes a number of symptoms including an itchy rash, throat swelling, and low blood pressure.
Allergy Symptoms Update
Are New Allergy Treatments Available to Replace Weekly Allergy Injections?
Yes. For treatment of allergy symptoms, there are now 3 FDA-approved sublingual tablets (tablets that dissolve under the tongue) that contain either grass pollen antigen or ragweed pollen allergen. These are taken at home, every day, rather than at the doctor’s office. They are designed as an alternative to injections of these pollen antigens (allergy shots), and are nearly as effective.
Pollen count is the measurement of the number of grains of pollen in a cubic meter of air. The higher the number, the more people will suffer if they are allergic to a particular pollen (hay fever). Usually, the counts are announced for specific plants such as grass, ash, or olive. These are tailored to what is usually a common plant in the area being measured.
Dust Mites Allergy
Dust mites allergy is an allergic reaction to tiny bugs that commonly live in house dust. Signs of dust mite allergy include sneezing and runny nose. Many people with dust mites allergy also experience signs of asthma, such as wheezing and difficulty breathing.
Dust mites, close relatives of ticks and spiders, are too small to see without a microscope. Dust mites eat skin cells shed by people, and they thrive in warm, humid environments. In most homes, bedding, upholstered furniture and carpeting provide an ideal environment for dust mites.
Hay Fever Allergy
Hay fever allergies, also called allergic rhinitis, causes cold-like signs and symptoms, such as a runny nose, itchy eyes, congestion, sneezing and sinus pressure. But unlike a cold, hay fever isn’t caused by a virus. Hay fever is caused by an allergic response to outdoor or indoor allergens, such as pollen, dust mites or pet dander.
Hay fever allergies can make you miserable and affect your performance at work or school and interfere with leisure activities. But you don’t have to put up with annoying symptoms. Learning how to avoid triggers and finding the right treatment can make a big difference.
Dog & Cat Allergies
Six out of 10 people in the United States come in contact with cats or dogs. The total pet population is more than 100 million, or about four pets for every 10 people.
Dog and cat allergies, or other allergies to fur or feathers are common, especially among people who have other allergies or asthma. From 15 percent to 30 percent of people with allergies have allergic reactions to cats and dogs.
Peanut allergy and other nut allergy is common, especially in children. Peanut allergy symptoms can range from a minor irritation to a life-threatening reaction (anaphylaxis). For some people with peanut allergy, even tiny amounts of peanuts can cause a serious reaction.
If you or your child has had a reaction to peanuts, tell your doctor about it. Peanut allergy is one of the most common causes of severe allergy attacks.
It’s important to get even a minor reaction to peanuts checked out. Even if you or your child has had only a mild allergic reaction in the past, there’s still a risk of a more serious future reaction.
The Physicians and Practitioners at Alliance ENT are the top experts in Otolaryngology in Southeastern Wisconsin, including Milwaukee, Waukesha, Franklin, Brookfield, and Wauwatosa. Call today to get all of your questions answered!