Below are our full services offered at the Oklahoma Institute of Allergy & Asthma
The Oklahoma Institute of Allergy & Asthma is an expert when it comes to testing for allergies. We are able to test for a wide variety of allergens, chemicals, medications/drugs and foods you may be allergic to. The majority of our testing is done without needles – no more bloody, screaming visits to the old allergist.
We are experts in the diagnosis and management of a variety of adult and pediatric food allergy related conditions. We are one of only a few outpatient clinics in the United States that are currently treating patients with a process called Food Allergy Oral Desensitization. Previously, once a patient was diagnosed as having a particular food allergy, avoidance of that offending food was the only treatment option. Now, through a delicate process called oral desensitization, our office is able to gradually reintroduce the allergic food back into the diet of the patient under a strict protocol. This has proven highly successful for most patients. Any patient that is 4 years or older with a documented food allergy to milk, egg, wheat, peanut, rice, soy and/or tree nuts is eligible for this process. There are exclusionary criteria that may prevent us from performing this protocol of desensitization. We encourage you to visit our office to learn more about how we can help you if you suffer from food allergy
We are one of the first allergy offices in Oklahoma with our own in house CT scanner. We are able to painlessly obtain a CT or “CAT – SCAN” of your sinuses in as little as 10 seconds. Our physicians are able to review your results with you within one minute of having the test – saving you time and the expense of having to go to an outside Xray facility. Even more importantly, by offering point of care diagnostics, we are able to provide you with a proper diagnosis and treatment plan by the time you leave the office. Also, our CT scanner is safe – a 10 second CT scan of your sinuses will emit about the same amount of radiation as a standard Chest X-Ray.
This method of allergy testing allows us to diagnose conditions that are very common like chemical allergy, delayed type food allergy and some drug allergy conditions. By placing small sample sized amounts of the allergen in question on the back, we are able to determine if you are allergic to a host of different substances. This virtually painless test is typically not performed by dermatologist’s anymore because of time and expense but we continue to offer this diagnostic tool to help our patients that suffer from chemical and some types of food allergy.
We are experts in the administration of allergy shots. We are one of the first clinics in the area that offers three modes of administration – Standard, Cluster and Rush build up protocols. All three methods offer different ways to build-up on your allergy shots in a very timely fashion. All of our shots are given by skilled nurses that are dedicated to your comfort. Allergy shots provide excellent results – typically 70-90% of patients will find that their health is improved while on a course of immunotherapy. Some of the biggest benefits of being on immunotherapy are the improvement in your quality of life, a decrease in the frequency of infection, improved asthma control and reduced need for medications in the management of your allergies.
Children with recurrent infections or a history of serious infections may need to be evaluated for immune problems. There are many types of immune deficiency diseases. The type of infections may often yield clues as to what part of the immune system may be functioning abnormally.
Based on the type of infections your physician may perform tests to check antibody levels. This process often includes a single vaccination that tests the immune system’s ability to make antibodies appropriately. In other cases, your physician may perform testing to check the number and function of different types of white cells, including neutrophils and lymphocytes. These white cells protect us from specific types of infections.
We are one of only a handful of allergy offices that are proficient in nasal endoscopy. Using a pediatric sized endoscope, we are able to visualize structures in your nose, throat and larynx that most allergist without this device can’t. Conditions like large adenoids, nasal polyps, deviated septum, vocal cord nodules, throat cancer, and abnormal movements of your vocal cord can be easily visualized using our state of the art nasal endoscope. To ensure patient comfort, we use only localized anesthesia which is sprayed into your nose. Most exams using this tool take as little as 2 minutes to perform and are virtually painless.