Asthma & Allergy Treatment near Canton, MS
Do you live in fear that you’ll eat a food with an allergen in it but your EpiPen isn’t nearby? Are you worried that something in the air will trigger an asthma attack?
Get the help you need to diagnose and treat your asthma or allergies at Mississippi Asthma & Allergy Clinic, conveniently located near Canton, Mississippi!
Allergy Testing near Canton, MS
Before you can figure out how to control your allergies, you have to know what triggers them. And, just because you know one of your allergy triggers doesn’t mean there aren’t more things you need to watch out for!
To help you identify exactly what causes you to have an allergic reaction, and how severe your allergic reaction to each substance is, MSAAC offers a variety of asthma testing methods.
Our team of skilled allergy doctors can guide you through testing on your allergies, including:
With a skin test, the surface of your skin (usually your back or arm) is pricked and a small amount of an allergen is introduced.
After 15 minutes, the allergist checks your skin for signs of a reaction to each substance, including:
We offer two types of skin testing: prick testing and intradermal testing.
With prick testing, your skin is pricked with a small plastic device that has been dipped into a small amount of a given allergen. With intradermal testing, your skin is injected with small amounts of an allergen.
Both methods of skin testing hope to produce signs of Immunoglobulin E, the antibodies that are produced by the immune system during a reaction.
All skin testing is done in our office under the careful watch of our knowledgeable team.
In some cases, an allergic reaction will not crop up immediately after exposure. Instead, symptoms of these allergies appear over the course of hours or days instead of minutes.
For these allergens, patch testing is recommended. With patch testing, the allergens are applied to patches that are then placed on your back. These patches are left on your skin for 48 to 72 hours and are removed during a return visit to the allergist to check your reactions.
Some allergens that are tested using patch testing include:
If you suspect you are allergic to something and want to undergo either skin or patch testing, contact one of our five locations for an appointment!
Asthma Treatment near Canton, MS
Whether you only have to worry about asthma attacks cropping up every so often or they’re a daily fear you’ve learned to live with, it’s important to have a treatment plan that’s geared toward your needs and your lifestyle.
Asthma is a serious, potentially life-threatening condition that may cause you to gasp, wheeze, or have difficulty breathing. If your asthma is left untreated, you may face serious complications, hospitalization, and possibly even death.
If you don’t already have a definitive asthma diagnosis, one of our skilled asthma doctors can guide you through the process to get the diagnosis you need.
Once you have a diagnosis, your doctor works with you to develop an effective asthma treatment plan to help you manage your symptoms. While your asthma isn’t likely to ever go away, with proper management you can keep the symptoms at bay and lead life normal.
Some possible parts of an asthma treatment plan include:
Staying up-to-date on vaccinations for flu and pneumonia
Identifying and avoiding specific triggers
Taking daily asthma medications
Carrying a rescue inhaler with you at all times
Regular use of a nebulizer
The team at MSAAC is ready to help you reach your long-term asthma management goals. Schedule your appointment today!