Allergy Skin Testing

Allergy testing is used to help patients who have found themselves exhibiting potential allergy symptoms find out what is causing the reaction. There are two types of allergy testing:
Scratch Test – A needle is used to lightly scratch the surface of the skin so no blood is drawn. Then a very minimal amount of the allergen extract is dropped in to see if the skin elicits a sensitive reaction to the substance
Intradermal Test – The allergen extract is injected between skin layers to check for welts as a sign of sensitivity to the allergen.
If a patient is sensitive, a reaction will appear within 10 to 20 minutes.

Custom Vials

Your vaccine consists of extracts of the specific substances to which you are allergic. All vaccines have been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration. Each serum is custom formulated in our private laboratory according to each individual patient's unique allergenic reactivity as determined by his or her allergy skin tests. No two vaccines are exactly the same. Our method of formulation and dilution has been in use for almost 100 years. After formulation and dilution by certified professionals, your vial of allergy serum is inspected and sealed for your protection with a tamper-proof seal to ensure safety.

I.V. Aminophylline

Intravenous aminophylline helps treat acute, severe asthma in a few different ways:
  • Causes lungs to become less sensitive to allergens 
  • Better airflow due to relaxed lung and chest muscles 
  • Diaphragm brings more air in with increased contractions  
Corpus Christi Allergy & Asthma performs I.V. aminophylline treatments in-house, keeping the patient from going to the hospital emergency room. Because hospitals can be dangerous for asthmatics, we are dedicated to keeping our asthmatics well and out of the hospital.

Pulmonary Function Test

Pulmonary function tests evaluate how much air your lungs can hold and how quickly you can move air in and out of your lungs. Pulmonary function tests can detect any lung problems caused by a person's allergies or asthma. These tests are performed when a patient is experiencing:
  • Shortness of Breath 
  • Coughing
  • Wheezing 
  • Chest Tightness 
  • Chest Discomfort
  • Chest Pain
  • Chest Congestion
  • Breathlessness 

Pulmonary Stress Test

The purpose of the pulmonary stress test is to diagnose exercise-induced asthma (EIA). Patients who experience chest tightness, wheezing, shortness of breath or coughing after exertion most likely have EIA. The pulmonary stress test is performed in the doctor's office and measures the volume of air that can be forced out of the lungs in one second. First, the patient takes the pulmonary function test, then he or she uses a treadmill or performs some other type of exercise. Next, the amount of air that can be forced out of the lungs in one second is measured again. If that amount falls more than 10 to 15 percent after exertion, this indicates that the patient has EIA. Bronchodilators may be prescribed to use before exercise in order to prevent EIA.

Chest X-Ray

Chest X-rays are performed in order to differentiate asthma from other conditions that may cause wheezing and to demonstrate possible complications of asthma, such as irreversible lung damage.
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