The allergy providers at Colorado ENT & Allergy understand that conditions like asthma, allergies, skin rashes, and recurrent infections can interfere with school, work, sleep, and general quality of life. Fortunately, many conditions that we manage have excellent treatment options and we do also participate in clinical trials investigating the most cutting-edge therapies. Do not hesitate to get relief – call our office today!
One out of every 5 Americans is affected by allergies. This could include seasonal allergies (usually related to pollen) or year-round allergies like dust mites or pets. Our providers and staff will first perform allergy testing to determine the specific triggers of your symptoms. There are certain medications that must be stopped prior to testing (link below). Based on your testing results, our providers will recommend a treatment plan that may include any combination of allergen avoidance education, prescription and/or over the counter medications, and immunotherapy (shots or drops).
Asthma is a chronic condition that causes the airways to become inflamed and narrowed. This can lead to recurrent coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath and chest tightness with triggers like allergens, infections, exercise, weather changes, smoke, etc. We provide exceptional asthma care to our patients, helping them gain control of their symptoms through education and medication management. Asthma cannot be cured but it can be controlled for the vast majority of patients who work with an asthma specialist.
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There are many different types of reactions that people can have to foods, which can make testing and treatment very confusing. Some food reactions, called food allergies, can lead to potentially dangerous reactions that require treatment with epinephrine. Other food reactions, called sensitivities or intolerances, can lead to bothersome problems like bloating, gas, stomach pain, constipation, diarrhea, headaches, rashes and fatigue. Food allergy testing may or may not be appropriate depending on the type of reaction. Our providers will talk with you in detail about your symptoms to determine whether food allergy testing makes sense.
Eczema (also known as atopic dermatitis) is a recurrent type of skin rash that can be extremely itchy and bothersome. Eczema can be flared by allergies so it can be very helpful to have allergy testing. Other triggers of eczema include weather, infections, scratching and perfumes/fragrances in soaps, lotions, detergents.
Chronic hives are a frustrating and very bothersome condition. Sometimes an allergy is identified but sometimes hives are not allergy related. Even if allergies are not the underlying cause, our providers will work with you to find a medication regimen to control the hives.
Although not common, some people will experience severe reactions after being stung by wasps, bees, hornets, yellow jackets, and fire ants.
Many people in the U.S. have a diagnosis of penicillin allergy but once evaluated, only 1 in 10 are found to be allergic to penicillin in a way that requires avoidance. There are major downsides to avoiding penicillin when you may not be allergic, including higher risk of antibiotic resistance and adverse effects of alternative medications. Our allergy providers and staff are highly skilled at safely evaluating patients for penicillin allergy, even if past reactions have been severe. Click on the link below to learn more!
Recurrent sinus infections, pneumonia, skin infections or infections requiring hospitalization can sometimes indicate an underlying problem with the immune system. The most common immunodeficiency is not having enough antibodies to fight off infections. Treatment can include antibiotics and immunoglobulin replacement. Immunodeficiencies are different than autoimmune diseases, which are typically managed by a Rheumatology specialist.
Services Not Offered
- Black mold testing
- Cannabis allergy testing
- Itching without rash
- Mast cell activation syndrome (MCAS) evaluation
- Medication allergy testing (other than penicillin)
- Occupational asthma / Worker’s Compensation evaluation
- Patch testing
- Tobacco allergy testing