Allergy Testing Specialists

If a patient suffers from allergy symptoms, understanding the cause of the allergies can improve the effectiveness of treatment. Allergy testing allows doctors to identify the specific allergens that cause a patient’s illness so they can find the right combination of treatments. Clifford Chew, MD, and Dexter Louie, MD, offer allergy testing and treatment to patients in Chinatown, San Francisco, California. To schedule your allergy testing or to learn more, please contact Pacific ENT today for an appointment.

Allergy Testing Q & A

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What are allergies?

Allergies occur when your body reacts abnormally to a substance that shouldn’t cause any harm. Depending on the type of allergy, you may experience many different symptoms, including:

  • Sneezing
  • Runny nose
  • Itchy throat
  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • Hives and other rashes
  • Digestive problems

Some more serious allergies may even cause anaphylaxis, which is a potentially life-threatening reaction that requires immediate treatment.

What causes allergies?

Your immune system is responsible for protecting your body from foreign substances that could cause harm or illness, such as viruses, bacteria, or parasites. Allergies occur when your immune system recognizes a harmless substance as a pathogen and reacts to it. The immune system produces antibodies to the substance, and you experience a reaction any time you encounter it.

Doctors don’t know exactly what causes patients to develop allergies. However, you may be more likely to have allergies if you have a family history of this condition.

What is allergy testing?

Allergy testing allows Dr. Chew or Dr. Louie to determine which specific substances cause your allergy symptoms.

One of the most common allergy tests is a skin prick test. During this test, the doctor pricks or scratches your skin in several locations. Drops of possible allergens are placed in each of the scratches to determine whether they cause a reaction.

Depending on your symptoms, Dr. Chew or Dr. Louie may also recommend certain blood tests.

What treatments are available?

If you’re diagnosed with allergies, several different treatments may be beneficial. One way to avoid allergy symptoms is simply to avoid the allergen itself. However, this isn’t always possible. You may also benefit from antihistamines designed to reduce your symptoms.

If your allergies don’t respond to these treatments, Dr. Chew or Dr. Louie may recommend immunotherapy. This treatment involves a series of injections of a purified form of the allergen that causes your symptoms. These injections are usually given over a period of months or years.

If your allergies cause anaphylaxis, you’ll need to carry an injectable medication with you to stop severe attacks. You’ll also need to be careful to avoid the allergen that causes your symptoms.

Major Insurance Plans Accepted

At Pacific ENT, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a short-list of just some of the most popular plans we accept and for the full list, please click here. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed here.

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Aetna
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Shield of California
Brown & Toland
Cigna
Great West Health Care
Health Net
Hill Physicians Medical Group
Humana
Medi-Cal
Medicare
Multiplan
MultiPlan / PHCS
PacifiCare
POMCO
United Healthcare
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Pacific ENT
929 Clay Street, Suite 501
Chinatown

San Francisco, CA 94108
Phone: 415-433-7945
Fax: (415) 433-1231
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