Food Challenge Test

Food Challenge Test: Prevent Future Allergic Reactions When you’re enjoying a nice meal, the last thing you want is to have a negative reaction to the food. Eating a food you are allergic to can cause hives, swollen airways, or digestive issues. Don’t take the risk—take a food challenge test. This test can be used to confirm an allergy you already suspect or help when blood tests or skin pricks tests are inconclusive. You will be asked to eat the potential food allergen in small doses. An experienced doctor will look for signs of an allergic reaction for a short time following each dose. Although most of these reactions are mild, this type of allergy testing should only be performed with an allergist present in case of a more severe reaction. Approximately 90 percent of food allergies are caused by the following foods:  Eggs  Milk  Soy  Wheat  Peanuts  Tree nuts (like almonds and cashews)  Fish (like tuna and halibut)  Shellfish (like shrimp and lobster) At AAIR, we can uncover these food allergies and others with the food challenge test. If you want to know for sure which products to avoid, schedule an allergy testing with us and prevent further...

Exhaled Nitric Oxide Test

What is Exhaled Nitric Oxide? When you exhale, one of the gases you release through your airway is nitric oxide. If you produce an abnormal amount of nitric oxide, it means that your airway is inflamed. Exhaled nitric oxide is a convenient, non-invasive test that measures the quantity of nitric oxide you respire. This test is administered by a trained technician at AAIR of Charlotte. All you have to do is bite a specialized mouthpiece and slowly exhale several times. The exhaled nitric oxide machine will analyze these exhalations and compute a composite analysis. Should I Be Tested for Nitric Oxide Exhalation? If you suffer from asthma or a related breathing problem, exhaled nitric oxide testing can be highly beneficial. The results of your analysis allow your doctor at AAIR of Charlotte to more accurately monitor your asthma and create a more effective treatment plan. If you would like to overcome labored or painful breathing, or if you would like more information about exhaled nitric oxide, please contact us. We have made it our life’s work to help you breathe easier, and are committed to helping you overcome asthma so that you can more fully enjoy exercise and your life in general. Call AAIR at (704)...

Exercise Challenge

Exercise Challenges for Those Suffering from Asthma, Allergies, and EIB Do you find yourself wheezing, coughing, or dealing with a tight chest when you engage in mild exercise? Are you constantly battling shortness of breath or chest pain, as much as five to 20 minutes following a light jog? If so, you may be experiencing the effects of exercise-induced bronchoconstriction, or EIB. As many as 300 million people throughout the world deal with the symptoms of EIB and asthma—a situation made worse through strenuous exercise. If you think you may be suffering from EIB, there are a few indicatory triggers to keep an eye out for:  Sensitivity to dry air and low temperatures.  Frequent reactions to air pollutants, high pollen levels, and viral respiratory infections.  Exercise challenges (i.e. shortness of breath, wheezing, coughing, etc.) Even if you’re experiencing mild symptoms, it’s a good idea to speak with a professional. Shortness of breath and chest pain can quickly become serious—so give AAIR  a call and we’ll work quickly to diagnose your condition. With our help, you can develop habits that will help you keep your symptoms of EIB, asthma, and allergies under control. Manage your exercise challenges and schedule a consultation with an AAIR Asthma Specialist today by calling (704)...

Allergy Blood Test

Discover Your Allergies with a Simple Blood Test Allergies are overreactions by the immune system to stimulants typically harmless to most people. When this reaction occurs, the body produces antibodies that can be detected in blood. Because of this, testing someone’s blood can determine whether or not they have a specific allergy. Here are a few types of allergies that can be discovered through this type of a test.  Mold  Dust mites  Foods (shellfish, eggs, peanuts, milk)  Animal dander  Pollen  Medication  Latex  Insect venom (bees and wasps) Test Purpose The blood allergy test is administered to check for allergens that cause specific allergies. In some cases where skin-prick tests are too dangerous, this test with drawn blood is much safer. Furthermore, it can be performed to check the effectiveness of allergy treatments or to determine if an allergy has been outgrown. How to Prepare Luckily, there aren’t any real preparations needed before this test. Just be sure to wear a short-sleeve shirt the day of the test, which makes it easier for the doctors to access your arm veins. There’s only a temporary pinprick that causes a small amount of pain or irritation. The only risks related to this procedure are similar with any time blood is drawn (pain, fainting, etc). What to Expect with Intradermal Allergy Testing Ready to identify the culprit of your constant sniffles? Intradermal tests can help you discover your allergens. Then you can develop an effective treatment plan with your doctor. Here are a few things to know before you go. What is a Skin Intradermal Test? A small amount of allergen is injected...