Living with allergies or asthma can be irritating, sometimes even life-threatening. Fortunately, Fairview and HealthEast doctors know exactly how to help you. They’ll work with you to develop a customized treatment plan that minimizes your discomfort, works with your lifestyle and keeps you safe.
How does allergy testing work?
An allergy test determines what triggers your allergy symptoms. During the test, small drops of different allergens are placed on your skin with a gentle poke. If you’re allergic to the item, the skin around the test area will turn red. The size of the red area is measured. Once all the measurements are done, your doctor will review the results with you.
How do allergy shots work?
Allergy shots, also known as immunotherapy, are used to prevent allergic reactions to things like grass pollen, house dust mites and bee venom. Shots are given by injecting a small amount of the allergen under the skin of the arm. Shots are given in a series, usually once a week for about 30 weeks and then less often for three to five years. The amount of allergen in the shot is gradually increased each time, causing your immune system to become less sensitive to it and reducing your symptoms. For people with asthma, allergy shots can also help relieve the allergic reactions that trigger asthma episodes.
How can I get my asthma under control?
We offer complete asthma care. To help you control your asthma, our doctors will help you take all the most important steps, including:
Our physicians, nurses and respiratory therapists will work with you to create a treatment plan that helps you breathe easier while still enjoying activities that you love. If medication is necessary, we’ll work to find the prescription that works best for you.
To make an appointment with one of our allergy and asthma specialists, call:
Fairview locations: 855-270-5572
HealthEast locations: 651-326-1044
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