What are Allergies?
When you have an allergic reaction, your immune system is responding to an external trigger called an allergen. You may swallow, breathe in, or touch something that immediately causes an unpleasant or life-threatening allergic reaction. If you are living with allergies of any kind, you can consult with our board-certified physician in pulmonary, internal, sleep, and geriatric medicine, Dr. Abraham "Avi" Ishaaya, for allergy testing. He offers comprehensive allergy testing and treatment options to alleviate frustrating symptoms of allergies such as coughing, sneezing, wheezing, hives, localized swelling, stomach troubles, chest or nasal congestion, and/or itchy nose and eyes. We offer our allergy testing and treatment to patients of all ages. Dr. Ishaaya looks forward to meeting you and/or your family member in a private consultation at his office in Los Angeles, CA.
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Common allergens We test
What allergens do we test for at Dr. Avi Ishaaya Centers? We strategically test for pollen, mold, animal, food, and environmental allergies in low, medium, and severe categories. Once you know what triggers your allergy response, you may be able to prevent illnesses (like nasal polyposis, sinusitis, and asthma), or chronic infections in the future. Here are some examples of common allergy triggers or sensitivities by category:
Trees, flowers, and pollens
- Different varieties of local trees, weeds, and flowers
- Flowering plants (in season)
- Grass pollen
Animals, birds, and bugs
- Bee stings
- Cats (dander)
- Dogs (dander)
- Dust mites
- Fish and shellfish
- Fruits and vegetables
- Gluten (wheat, oats, rye, barley, or malt)
- Meat (beef or pork)
- Milk products
- Nuts (peanuts and/or other nuts)
- Poultry (chicken and/or eggs)
Types of Allergies Tests
The Scratch Test
Within 15 – 20 minutes, Dr. Ishaaya can perform the scratch test, which is also known as the prick-puncture test, to assess your allergies. This is accomplished by placing a tiny sample of an allergen under the surface of your skin to see if there is a reaction. We can test for multiple allergens in one testing session, which can make a grid-like pattern on the skin once it is administered. This is a pain-free testing method that is proven to be safe and effective at identifying common allergens.
When allergies are so severe that it is not safe to perform a skin test (scratch test), Dr. Ishaaya can order blood tests to detect a limited number of allergens if necessary.
By strategically eliminating foods from your diet, you can ascertain what foods are causing bodily discomfort, inflammation, rashes, stomach or bowel issues, and more. Dr. Ishaaya can guide you on what foods to introduce and or eliminate. We regularly check for food sensitivities, intolerances, and allergies for foods such as dairy products, peanuts, shellfish, wheat, soy, milk, and eggs.
Treatments + Allergy Relief
Based on the results of your allergy testing, Dr. Avi will discuss different treatment options including:
- Prescription-strength or over-the-counter medications
You may need antihistamines, decongestants eye drops, or nasal sprays to ease symptoms of coughing, sneezing, watery/itchy eyes, stopped up noses, or rashes.
- Lifestyle changes (avoidance)
Once you have learned what you are allergic to from the testing, you can learn to avoid the allergen. Children will have to be closely monitored to avoid unwanted exposure to the allergen. A plan of action should be put in place just in case an exposure happens or avoidance is not possible.
- Allergy shots (immunotherapy)
We administer a series of allergy shots weekly for several appointments at the beginning of this type of treatment. You will need to commit to multiple 20-minute appointments. In that time, you will be given an allergy shot and then you will be monitored for any type of allergic reaction. The allergy shot process can take as long as a year for the therapy to be complete. The number of sessions will taper off as you become less reactive to the allergy shots.
Finding Allergy Triggers
It is our mission to help you or your child identify unknown allergens. At Dr. Avi Ishaaya Centers in Los Angeles, CA, we offer several diagnostic testing methods and treatments for allergy relief. Contact our office if you would like to have allergy testing for preventive measures and to reduce the unpleasant symptoms that accompany an allergic reaction.