Allergy & Asthma Services
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Are you having problems managing your allergies or asthma or wondering what’s causing your sniffling, sneezing or wheezing? If the answer is yes, call today to schedule an appointment with one of CentraCare's allergy and asthma specialists.
Our skilled physicians work with both adults and children to diagnose and manage different allergic problems including: asthma, allergic rhinitis (hay fever), eczema, food allergies, hives, stinging insect allergy, medical and occupational allergies in both adults and children.
CentraCare allergists, members of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology and the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, will work with you to provide:
- Diagnosis and management of allergies and asthma
- Allergy testing to determine food and environmental trigger
- Immunotherapy (allergy shots)
- Spirometry – breathing test that measures air flow through lungs
- Fractional exhaled nitric oxide (FeNO) testing to determine how well inhaled anti-inflammatory medications (such as steroid inhalers) are working
- Asthma education
- Development of asthma action plans to help patients better control their asthma
Diagnosing Allergy or Asthma
Finding out what you are allergic to is an important first step to effective allergy treatment. Today, allergy testing is more convenient and accurate than ever before. When combined with a detailed medical history, allergy testing can identify the specific things that trigger your allergic reactions. Allergy testing helps to find allergies to pollen, molds, dust mites, animal dander, insect stings, foods and some medicines.
Asthma diagnosis often involves an allergist performing spirometry. This may also be done to monitor a patient who is being treated for asthma.
CentraCare allergists understand that allergies can be aggravated by the air you breathe, the food that you eat or the substances that touch your skin so they work hard to help you pinpoint the triggers in your environment that are problematic for you. In addition to the environmental triggers, our physicians understand that genetics can play a big role in developing allergies as well. Whatever the cause or trigger, CentraCare allergists can help you treat or prevent your allergy and asthma issues.
Because you can't always avoiding allergens completely, immunotherapy (allergy shots) can be done to try to desensitize you to the substances that have been identified as triggers. Some allergic problems are efficiently treated by immunotherapy. These include life-threatening reactions to bee stings, allergic rhinitis (hay fever) and some cases of asthma.
During your diagnosis and treatment, our allergists work closely with your primary care provider to develop a plan that will help you better control your allergy and asthma symptoms and triggers and provide treatment option that work for you.
Advance scheduling for appointments with our caring physicians and staff is required so call CentraCare Clinic - Health Plaza Allergy & Asthma or CentraCare Health - Melrose to make your appointment today.
Interpreters are available for appointments if requested at the time of scheduling. When you arrive for your appointment you will need to bring your insurance information with you. Most insurances are accepted. Charges for services can be paid by insurance (Medicare, Medicaid, MinnesotaCare, private insurance) or by the individual.