Allergy services offered by Neent.
In The Community:
- October (dated TBD) NorthEast Ear, Nose and Throat Center will be hosting SAFE & SAVVY SENIOR DAY. Check back for details.
COMMON TERMS USED IN OTOLARYNGIC ALLERGY
Allergy The production of symptoms through immunologic mechanisms by a substance that is not harmful in itself.
Allergic salute Constant rubbing or scratching of the nose as if saluting. This may cause a transverse nasal crease to appear across the bridge of the nose.
Allergic shiners Dark circles under the eyes most likely the result of pooling of venous blood as a result of tissue congestion in the layers below.
Anaphylaxis An immunologically mediated, immediate-type, multisystem reaction that is often severe and sometimes lethal.
Antigen A substance capable of eliciting a response by the immune system, producing a substance (antibody) specific to the challenging substance.
Antihistamine A drug that opposes the action of histamine.
Beta-blocker A drug most often used in the management of hypertension and vascular headaches that blocks beta-adrenergic stimuli and may complicate allergy skin testing and immunotherapy.
Cross-reactivity The ability of more than one antigen to react with a specific antibody due to similar or identical antigen-antibody combining sites (called epitopes).
Decongestant An alpha-adrenergic drug used (topically or systemically) in pharmacotherapy to produce shrinkage of congested nasal mucosa.
End point In skin endpoint titration, the antigenic concentration at which progressive positive whealing first occurs.
Histamine A mediator of inflammation that plays an important role in the acute allergic response.
Immunotherapy Regular injections with appropriate allergens to produce tolerance in the host through varied immunologic mechanisms, including an eventual drop in allergen-specific IgE and a rise in IgG.
Inhalant Allergy to a substance that enter the body via the respiratory tract.
Intradermal testing Injection of a test antigen just under the outermost layer of epidermis to form a wheal.
In vitro testing Testing by laboratory means.
Mast cell A cell found in respiratory and connective tissue that releases preformed and newly formed mediators of inflammation (e.g., histamine) as part of acute allergic reactions.
Molds A type of fungi, also called fungi imperfecta, having septae mycelia; numerous molds are potential antigens.
MQT Modified Quantitative Testing. Skin testing with multiple pricks on the forearm and intradermal injections on the upper arm.
Perennial allergens Allergens that are present virtually year-round (animals, molds).
Pollen A potential allergen source composed of fertilizing elements of a flowering plant.
R.A.S.T. Radioallergosorbent test. A type of in vitro allergy testing utilizing radioactive isotopes.
Seasonal allergens Allergens that are present during specific periods of the year (pollen).
Wheal In allergy, an elevated area on the skin surface initially produced by an intradermal injection, the ultimate size of which is also affected by cutaneous hypersensitivity and other factors.
Allergy Department Hours
Monday - Friday 8:00 - 5:00, Closed 12:00 - 1:00 for lunch
All build-up patients should be in the office no later than 11:30am or 4:30pm for allergy injections.
All maintenance patients should be in the office no later than 11:45am or 4:45pm for allergy injections.
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