Allergy Testing And Treatment Center
The evaluation in our Allergy Testing and Treatment Center starts with a detailed history and physical exam by Dr. Slaughter. Dr. Slaughter is a Board Certified Otolaryngologist (Ear, Nose, and Throat doctor) and a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy. He has extensive training and more than 20 years of experience in managing allergies. Seasonal and Perennial allergic rhinitis produce frustrating symptoms of nasal congestion, sneezing, watery itchy eyes, post nasal drip, recurring sinus infections, sinus pressure and headache. The treatments we offer can relieve you of these symptoms and free you up to be clear, rested, and healthy.
Seasonal and Perennial allergic rhinitis can produce frustrating symptoms of nasal congestion, sneezing, watery itchy eyes, post nasal drip, recurring sinus infections, sinus pressure and headache. For many patients they will not suffer from any of these typical “allergy” symptoms but instead they will simply have progressive swelling of the turbinates inside the nose. These patients may report snoring, mouth breathing, and symptoms of sleep apnea.
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The treatments we offer can relieve you of these symptoms and free you up to be clear, rested, and healthy.
- Allergy Testing
- Allergy Drops (SLIT) Therapy
- Allergy Shots (SCIT) Therapy
- Over the Counter Allergy Medicine
- Surgical therapy for allergy conditions
- Non-surgical office procedures for allergy symptoms
It is critical to be evaluated by a board-certified ENT doctor at the time of your initial evaluation to avoid missing a diagnosis that would make your allergy therapy ineffective. A deviated septum, chronic sinus infection, nasal polyps, nasal tumors, and other issues can all produce allergy-like symptoms and they must be treated along with your allergies.
In our office, you have the confidence that Dr. Slaughter is right there in the office for follow-up, questions, treatment changes, and safety.
Allergy Blood Test
Management of allergies has advanced tremendously with RAST (radioallergosorbent) testing. This fast reliable blood test can identify your specific allergies. Although not considered as reliable as skin testing this test can be used when skin testing can not be performed. This may be in kids too young to have skin testing. Frequently when a young child is having anesthesia we will take advantage of this situation and draw some blood for RAST testing. Also some adults on special blood pressure medications called Beta Blockers who cannot pause this medication cannot have skin testing. RAST testing is used for them. There are also patients who have a history of anaphylactic reactions to prior allergy testing and in these patients we will use RAST testing as well.
Skin Allergy Test
We perform allergy skin testing in our Allergy Center in our office. Allergy skin testing is much easier and better tolerable with multi-pressure testing equipment. This allows for multiple allergy tests to be placed safely and reliably at one time WITHOUT THE NEED FOR NEEDLES! The testing takes about 30 minutes and is done on the patient’s back. We can read the results immediately and explain to the patient which allergies they have. Because there are no needles in our allergy skin testing it is well tolerated even in kids.
Allergy Treatment Options
Allergy Drop Therapy (SLIT – Sublingual immunotherapy)
Our office offers the convenience and safety of allergy drop therapy. This form of immunotherapy is given with a custom suspension of the allergens the patient reacts to made into a small vial. Allergy Drops are taken once a day under the tongue to reduce the patient’s allergic response. No needles, no trip to the doctor, and effective for kids and adults. Safe for asthmatic patients and also for patients on Beta Blockers that normally cannot have shot therapy. With this form of immunotherapy, most patients can stop therapy after 3 years and have lifelong relief.
Allergy Shot Therapy (SCIT – Subcutaneous Immunotherapy)
We also offer traditional allergy shot, also known as SCIT, in our office. A custom serum is made for our patients in our office and the patient arrives at a convenient time weekly for their allergy injection. Treatment will typically escalate the strength of the therapy over the first 2 years and will reach maintenance. With this form of immunotherapy, most patients can stop therapy after 3 years and have lifelong relief.
Over The Counter Allergy Medicine
In addition to allergy drops or allergy shots, there are now many safe effective medications that we can use. It’s Dr. Slaughter’s deep understanding of how these different treatments compliment each other and how they change specific symptoms that allow him to create the perfect balance of therapies for our patients. Some of the most common effective medications include the following:
- Nasal steroid sprays
- Antihistamine sprays
- Oral antihistamines and leukotriene inhibitors
- Saline rinses
- New modern immunoglobulin therapies
Many holistic therapies can also add benefit as well.
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Surgical Therapy For Allergy Relief
Nasal blockage and congestion can persist despite excellent allergy therapy if there are structural nasal issues. Septal deviation, turbinate swelling, nasal polyps, and the swelling from chronic sinusitis will crowd the nasal cavity making the allergy therapy not as effective as it should be. It is critical that the patient undergo a thorough evaluation by a board certified ENT doctor including nasal endoscopic evaluation and miniCT scan prior to starting an allergy regimen. Any anatomical issues and sinus issues need to be addressed to have any relief from the allergy treatment.
The following procedures can also be performed to relieve the nasal congestion, sinus pressure and thick post nasal drainage.
- Endoscopic Sinus Surgery
- Endoscopic Septoplasty
- Turbinate reduction
- Endoscopic Polyp removal
- Fungal Sinusitis therapy
Non-Surgical Sinus Treatment For Allergy Relief
Sinus pressure and recurring infections can persist for patients even with excellent allergy therapy. Dr. Slaughter can additionally offer simple, non-surgical office procedures to offer further relief. The many advanced procedures detailed in our Sinus and Nasal Center can offer significant relief of allergy symptoms.
During the Balloon sinuplasty treatment, Dr. Slaughter places a small sinus balloon into the blocked sinus cavity while the patient is under IV sedation in our office. The balloon is inflated to open the sinus outflow tract allowing it to drain and ventilate normally. The balloon is removed immediately after dilation and nothing is left in the nose or sinus. This procedure can increase the ability of the sinuses to drain properly even when the patient is having an allergy exacerbation. This relieves the sinus pressure, headache, and drainage that normally accompanies an allergy flare up.
Dr. Slaughter was involved in the creation of the original prototype of the sinus balloon that he uses and serves as an instructor for ENT doctors nationwide on how to perform this procedure. He pioneered the use of IV sedation in the office for this procedure which allows him to do advanced balloon sinuplasty in th office. With this technique he can also address other structural issues at the same time such as a deviated septum, enlarged turbinates, and nasal polyps. He also has available the use of sophisticated 3D computer CT scan image guidance to accurately place the balloon in complex cases.
Schedule a consultation
Allergies can be very uncomfortable to live with and are constantly not being diagnosed properly. Call our practice today at 512-601-0303 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Slaughterand receive the proper treatment for your allergies. Our practice serves Austin and surrounding areas in Texas.