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Exton Allergy & Asthma Associates

Specialized in asthma, allergic diseases, and sinus disorders

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Located in Exton, PA

Serving Chester County and Beyond!

610-269-3066

We would be glad to discuss the services we offer
and answer any questions you may have.

 

Your First Visit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your initial visit will include a detailed history, physical examination, and preliminary allergy testing necessary to determine whether an allergic or immunologic disease is the cause of your symptoms. After a diagnosis is established, an individualized treatment plan will be provided to address your condition and eliminate your symptoms. Our physicians will personally take your history and discuss your symptoms with you in detail, taking as much time as necessary.

Adults and children older than 5 years with asthma will
perform a breathing test (spirometry) to determine lung capacity. If skin testing is indicated, the initial visit will require 90 minutes. Skin test will identify specific allergens, to which you are sensitized. We test to the most common environmental allergens in the mid-Atlantic region including tree, grass and weed pollens, dust mites, mold spores and pet dander. Skin test can also be effectively used to diagnose food allergy and identify sensitization to individual foods such as peanut, egg, milk, soy, fish, shellfish and many other food allergens.

You will be asked to stop taking antihistamines that will interfere with the results of your skin test for at least four days prior to your visit. Click here for a list of common antihistamines. Please continue all other medicines that you routinely take. It is not necessary to stop asthma medications such as Singulair or any inhalers.

Skin prick test is a simple procedure that is best described as superficial pricking of the surface of the skin on your forearms with tiny disposable toothpick-like plastic devices. Each device contains trace amounts of a single allergen that it introduces into the topmost layer of your skin. If you are allergic to an allergen, your skin will form a small bump with some redness around it that resembles a small mosquito bite. Intradermal testing may be necessary for select environmental, insect venom or medication allergens, if skin prick test does not fully establish your allergic sensitivity pattern. For certain patients and allergic conditions serum allergy test (ImmunoCAP) may be used, which will be discussed with you, if necessary.

Our board-certified allergists will explain to you the results of your skin test and the abnormal findings on your physical exam. Based on those results and your history our physicians will determine your unique allergy profile and the severity of your allergies that will be used to design the most effective treatment for you. An individual treatment plan will include measures to avoid exposure to specific allergens, to which you are sensitized, medications, and may also include allergy shots (immunotherapy).

Please make sure to bring your insurance card along to allow our office staff to verify your eligibility and coverage. If your insurance plan requires a referral, it is your responsibility to have your primary physician to make a referral. Please note that your co-pay is expected at the time of your visit and our office accepts cash, checks, credit and debit cards.


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