Do you have itchy, watery eyes or nose? Frequent sneezing?
Do you often get headaches, nasal congestion or post‑nasal drip?
At Wind River Ear, Nose & Throat, we offer environmental and penicillin allergy testing with treatment options.
An allergy is a condition in which an abnormal response of the immune system occurs when the body comes in contact with a substance to which it has become hypersensitive. Any substance that triggers this abnormal immune response is called an allergen such as pollen, dust, animal dander, and mold. Uncontrolled allergies can lead to sinus infections, ear infections, asthma, sleep disturbances, and fatigue.
The most commonly reported drug allergies in the U.S. involve penicillin and related antibiotics. Approximately 85% of patients who report penicillin allergy will have negative skin tests and can safely receive penicillin and related antibiotics.
Wind River Ear, Nose & Throat offers the only FDA approved skin test for the diagnosis of penicillin allergy.
Dr. Melissa Hertler, Board-certified in Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose & Throat), offers allergy testing and treatment options for children and adults.
To determine if you have an environmental allergy, we test for:
- Trees, grass & weed pollens
- Dust mites
- Animal dander
- Select foods
How to Prepare
Patients must be off oral antihistamines for a full week prior to allergy skin testing. Contact our office for a full list of medications that need to be stopped before testing.
What to Expect
- Allergy testing begins with a skin prick test performed on your forearm. After we determine what you react to, we might continue with an intradermal test that involves injecting minute amounts of antigen under your top layers of skin to measure your skin’s response.
- Testing takes approximately one hour after which you will have your results and can schedule a follow up with the physician.
Allergy Treatment – Injections (Shots)
- Results of the allergy skin test are used to make treatment vials of allergens to which you are allergic.
- The allergy injections are administered weekly in our office.
Allergy Treatment – Drops
- Just as the injections are individualized for each person, so are the drops.
- Allergy drops are placed under the tongue daily at home.
- Sublingual drops are currently not covered by insurance, but may be equivalent in price to shots depending on your deductible and copays – plus the convenience of home administration.
Get relief today. Call 307.206.1440 to schedule an appointment.