SERVICES - As a member of the American Thoracic Society(ATS), the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology(AAAAI) and Academy of Allergy and Asthma in Primary Care(AAAPC), Children's Medical Clinics and Dr. Turner Lewis, MD have partnered with Advantage Allergy Services and their board-certified Allergist, Dr. Arastu, to bring Allergy Testing and Therapy to our area!!
We offer the following tests to best assess and evaluate your allergy and asthma conditions
ALLERGY SKIN TESTING
Allergy skin testing is a procedure when your skin is exposed to suspected allergy-causing substances (allergens) and is then observed for signs of an allergic reaction. Along with your medical history, allergy tests may be able to confirm whether or not a particular substance you touch, breathe or eat is causing symptoms. These skin tests are generally safe for children 5 years and older. Allergy skin tests are widely used to help diagnose allergic conditions.
FeNO is forced exhaled nitric oxide in the breath. FeNO testing is used to help diagnose asthma in adults and children when diagnosis is unclear. The test measures the level of nitric oxide gas in an exhaled sample of your breath. This sample is collected by having you breathe into the mouthpiece of a machine that performs the measurement. It has also recommended FeNO testing to help manage asthma in people who have symptoms despite using inhaled corticosteroids.
LUNG FUNCTION TESTING
Spirometry is the first and most commonly done lung function test. It measures how much and how quickly you can move air out of your lungs and how well your lungs put oxygen into and remove carbon dioxide from your blood. The tests can diagnose lung diseases, measure the severity of lung problems, and check to see how well treatment for a lung disease is working.. For this test, you breathe into a mouthpiece attached to a recording device (spirometer). The information collected by the spirometer may be printed out on a chart called a spirogram.
We treat a variety of allergy and asthma conditions including the following, based on the most up-to-date medical literature and studies.
- Seasonal and year-round allergic symptoms
- Non-allergic nasal symptoms
- Food allergies
Allergy shots, or immunotherapy, are a way to potentially treat your allergies, along with allergen avoidance and allergy medications. The purpose of allergy immunotherapy is to decrease your sensitivity to allergens that you are allergic to, so future exposures to those substances will result in fewer and less severe symptoms. Please see our FAQ section, or contact our office for more information on allergy injections.
TEXAS ALLERGY CALENDAR
ALLERGY AND ASTHMA SYMPTOM TEST
ASTHMA TRAINING VIDEOS
foodallergy.com/ - This website is geared towards raising public awareness on food allergies through media, education, and research efforts. It is a great communication link among patients and families of patients with food allergy. This website also addresses food allergy and children. There are many activities and project ideas on ways kids can get involved with educating others on food allergies.
www.aaaai.org - This website has up to date information regarding allergies and asthma for adults and kids. You can find topics such as- Camping with allergies and asthma, back to school tips, growing up with allergies addressed on this website. If you need information regarding a topic in particular you can submit the "Info Request Form." Don't forget to visit the Asthma Wizard while checking out this website: an interactive tool that allows kids to learn more about asthma.
www.aanma.org - Allergy and Asthma Network/Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA) is an organization dedicated to helping people affected by allergies and asthma through education, advocacy , community outreach and research. This website offers educational materials, monthly award-winning publications, and a toll free helpline.
www.lungusa.org - The American Lung Association is one of the oldest voluntary health organizations in the US. The ALA today addresses lung disease in many forms including asthma, tobacco control, and environmental health. To get the most up to date information on current research and treatment guidelines check out this website.
www.acaai.org - This website represents the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, a professional association of close to 5000 allergist and immunologist. The ACAAI is dedicated to improving quality of patient care in allergy and immunology through education and research. This website can help you locate an allergist as well as get more educational information regarding allergies, asthma, and immunology.
www.nationaljewish.org/ - National Jewish Health is a non-profit clinical, research, and educational facility which specializes in lung, heart, and immune disorders. Their dedication to heal, discover, and educate patients is one of their primary focuses. On their website, you can find educational tools such as health information on various conditions, wellness tools, a medical glossary, among other helpful resources.