DIAGNOSING AND TREATING ALLERGIES The Specific IgE Enzyme Immunosorbent Assay (EIA) Method: If you regularly suffer from symptoms such as a runny nose, watery eyes, itching, sneezing or wheezing, you may have seasonal or substance specific allergies. Mcmahan-Clemis Institute of Otolaryngology uses the most technologically advanced tools to diagnose and manage allergies, so that you can enjoy your daily life. To find out more about EIA allergy testing and allergy treatments, call and schedule a consultation with Dr. McMahan at 312.266.NOSE (312.266.6673).
If you are allergic, you will generally experience a runny nose, watery eyes, headaches, rashes, itching of the eyes, ears or nose, sneezing and/ or wheezing. In contrast to a cold, these symptoms tend to be seasonal and ongoing, or they may occur when you are in contact with a specific allergen such as a dog or cat. Conditions other than allergies typically include a fever and thickened nasal mucus.
The EIA method is a simple blood test that we use to detect and accurately identify your allergies. It is an advanced and sound alternative to traditional skin testing. Mcmahan-Clemis Institute of Otolaryngology offers an accurate and sensitive method of identifying allergies.
The EIA method is a good option for individuals with chronic conditions such as sinus infections or nasal/sinus polyposis that require immediate attention. Since the test provides us with rapid results, we are able to initiate an effective allergy immunotherapy program right away to relieve symptoms and help patients avoid nasal and sinus surgery.
When you come into the office, a trained technician will draw blood from your arm. In our laboratory, specific allergens like mold or pollen are mixed with your blood sample to see if any antibodies are detected. We then measure the number and amounts of these antibodies; if we find high antibody measurements, you are probably allergic to that substance. The physician will let you know what these substances are, then will discuss a treatment plan with you.
Most allergies can be controlled through medications, immunotherapy and careful management of exposure. Depending on what you are allergic to, you can take certain precautions to avoid contact. For example, during the spring and summer, it's a good idea to close house and car windows and use your air conditioner to filter airborne allergens.
Regular use of antihistamines prescribed by your physician can block allergic reactions before they start and will not make you drowsy. Nasal steroid sprays also act to blunt or prevent your allergic response.
If your allergy symptoms cannot be controlled with medication and preventative measures, allergy immunotherapy can do wonders. We have one of the most successful home therapy program for allergy injections.