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.
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 your allergy ENT Doctor is right there in the office for follow-up, questions, treatment changes, and safety.
Allergy management has advanced tremendously with RAST (radioallergosorbent) testing. This fast reliable blood test can identify your specific allergies. Allergy testing can allow Dr. Slaughter to identify the patient’s allergies without the need for skin testing.
We also perform allergy skin testing in our office. Allergy skin testing has been made much easier and better tolerated with multi-prick testing equipment. This allows for multiple allergy tests to be placed safely and reliably at one time WITHOUT THE NEED FOR NEEDLES! This offers the ability to perform your allergy test on the day of your visit for rapid and accurate results.
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.
Allergy Shot Therapy (SCIT – Subcutaneous immunotherapy)
We also offer traditional allergy shots 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.
Medical Therapy for Allergies
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. Nasal steroid sprays, antihistamine sprays, oral antihistamines and leukotriene inhibitors, saline rinses, and new modern immunoglobulin therapies can all be useful. Many holistic therapies can also add benefit as well.
Non-surgical Procedures for Allergy symptoms
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.
– Balloon sinuplasty can increase the ability of the sinuses to drain properly when your allergies are flaring. This relieves the sinus pressure, headache, and drainage.
Surgical Therapy For Allergy Conditions
Nasal blockage and congestion can also persist despite your allergy therapy. Septal deviation crowds the nasal cavity making the allergy therapy not as effective as it should be.
– Endoscopic Sinus Surgery, Endoscopic Septoplasty, Turbinate reduction, Endoscopic Polyp removal, and Fungal Sinusitis therapy can also be performed to relieve the nasal congestion and thick post nasal drainage.