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The allergic person makes too much of a certain protein in the body, called IgE antibody. The overproduction of this protein may result in the development of various allergic conditions such as allergic rhinitis (hay fever), allergic asthma, venom sensitivity, food or drug allergy. Xolair is a drug that acts by binding to the IgE antibody in the blood stream and hence neutralizes (blocking) its actions. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Xolair for the treatment of patients with moderate to severe allergic asthma and chronic urticaria (hives).
Allergen immunotherapy injections or “allergy shots” are prescribed for patients with allergic rhinitis (hay fever), allergic conjunctivitis (eye allergies), allergic asthma or life threatening reactions to insect stings. For best allergy shots in Westford Ma, you can visit Allergy West. Immunotherapy is the only medical treatment that could potentially modify allergic disease. Some studies have shown that it may have a preventive role in allergic children, possibly preventing asthma from developing in some patients with allergic rhinitis. Immunotherapy would be considered for individuals, who have moderate or severe symptoms not adequately controlled by environmental control measures and/or medications.
Penicillin is the only antibiotic with available standardized testing. Penicillin testing involves three steps. 1) Skin prick testing with the two components of the penicillin. 2) If negative, we perform intradermal testing (injections) with the two components of the penicillin. 3) If both skin prick and intradermal testing are negative, you will return on a separate day for a graded drug challenge appointment (2 hour appointment).
Allergy skin testing is the most convenient, cost effective and accurate way to identify the things that are triggering your nasal, ocular (eye) or respiratory allergy symptoms. Skin testing is less expensive and identifies more individuals with allergies than blood testing.
Spirometry is a common test used to diagnose asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and certain other conditions that affect breathing. Spirometry may also be used periodically to check how well your lungs are working once you’re being treated for a chronic lung condition.