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ATTENTION: As of July 15, 2018, our Washington office and sleep center location has closed! The new address is:
75 Barclay Circle, Rochester Hills, Michigan 48307. The pulmonary clinic is in Suite 205 and the Sleep Center is in Suite 220.
Rochester (248) 651-6430
Lapeer (810) 667-3111
Lansing (517) 853-5550
Washington Sleep Center (586) 207-1247
Pulmonary Allergy Critical Care & Sleep Associates
Allergy & Immunology specializes in the treatment and management of an extensive spectrum of allergic, respiratory, and skin disorders in both adults and children, including:
Some medications interfere with skin testing results. If you are having allergy testing in our office, we ask that you stop taking oral antihistamines starting 3 days (72 hours) prior to testing. If you are not sure if you should stop a certain medication, please call our office. Common oral antihistamines include:
Pregnant women should not undergo allergy skin testing. A pregnancy test can be ordered if you are unsure if you are pregnant.
Skin tests are a method of testing for allergic reactions to substances, or allergens, in the environment. A test consists of introducing small amounts of allergens into the skin and noting the development of a positive reaction, which consists of a wheal (swelling) and flare (surrounding area of redness).
We employ the prick method, where the skin is pricked with a sharp device that introduces the allergen into the skin. Other allergy testing options include injecting the allergen with needles or going to a lab for blood tests.
The entire testing process will take about 30 minutes. We test a variety of important allergens that are found in the Metro Detroit region including trees, grasses, weeds, molds, dust mites, and animal dander. After administering the allergens, we wait approximately 20 minutes to review the results. A positive reaction occurs when the skin becomes red, raised, and itchy.
This skin reaction will gradually dissipate within 30‐60 minutes. Some people will experience local swelling beginning 4‐8 hours after testing. This is not serious and typically no treatment is required. It should disappear in the next few days. Less than 1% of patients may develop a systemic reaction to skin testing, which may consist of any or all of the following symptoms: itchy eyes, nose, or throat, nasal congestion, runny nose, tightness in the throat or chest, wheezing, lightheadedness, nausea or vomiting, hives, or anaphylactic shock. This is very rare, but in the event of such reactions, the staff is fully prepared and emergency equipment is readily available.
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