Achieve Control of Allergies and Asthma
If you suffer from asthma or any form of allergy, you know that it can greatly affect your quality of life. Enjoy lasting relief with a tailored treatment plan from our doctors and staff at Mid-Cities Allergy & Asthma Center. Services include physician evaluations, diagnostic testing, and treatment options for a full range of allergic, asthmatic, respiratory, and immune disorders. We treat adults and children of any age, ensuring your family receives superior care in one location.
Conditions Commonly Treated at Mid-Cities Allergy & Asthma Center
- Allergic Rhinitis
- Nasal Congestion
- Runny Nose
- Post-Nasal Drip
- Itchy & Watery Eyes
- Ear Fullness
- Sinusitis (Chronic and Acute)
- Recurrent Infections
- Immunodeficiency Evaluations
- Drug Allergies
- Food Allergies
- Insect Allergy & Sting Reactions
- Asthma (Allergic and Non-Allergic)
- Acute and Chronic Cough
- Shortness of Breath
- Other Respiratory Disorders
- Allergic Skin Rashes
- Atopic Dermatitis and Eczema
- Hives (Chronic Urticaria)
- Contact Dermatitis
- Itchy Skin
- Headaches and Migraines
- Latex Allergy
- Eosinophilic Disorders
- And Many Others
Tests and Procedures Offered at Mid-Cities Allergy & Asthma Center
- Allergy Tests (Skin, Blood)
- Delayed Hypersensitivity Skin Tests
- Food and Drug Challenges
- Drug Desensitization
- Patch Testing
- Biologic Therapies
- Xolair, Dupixent, Fasenra, Nucala
- Venom Immunotherapy
- Accelerated Immunotherapy
- Immune Competence Evaluation
- Immunomodulator Therapy
- Skin Punch Biopsy
- Allergy Shots
Description of Selected Tests and Procedures
Allergy skin testing is highly effective at detecting the presence of immune proteins (IgE) to various allergens (food, airborne, and venom). The test involves pricking the skin with a small amount of allergen and then noting the presence of a reaction 20 minutes later. To ensure accurate results, patients must stop taking all forms of antihistamines at least five (5) days before an allergy skin test. Please click the button below for a full list of antihistamines.
Medication List (stop 5 days before skin testing)
Pulmonary Function Testing
To diagnose asthma and other lung conditions, it may be necessary to undergo pulmonary function testing, which includes spirometry and/or exhaled nitrous oxide breath testing (FeNO). In these types of tests, a computer will measure lung function and/or nitrous oxide levels. Patients may be administered inhaled medications to see how their lung function changes in response to the medication. These tests are highly accurate at assessing your lung function and aid the physician in making a diagnosis of asthma and/or other lung conditions.
Some rashes may be due to a condition known as contact dermatitis. This condition can occur from exposure to some plants (poison ivy), chemicals found in the environment, metals, cosmetics, soaps, lotions, medications, and even food. In patch testing, patches containing chemical allergens are placed on the patient’s back. The patches are removed 48 hours later and results are recorded at 48 and 72 hours, though sometimes a longer waiting period is required. This type of testing helps isolate the cause of many types of contact dermatitis.
Allergen Immunotherapy, also known as allergy shots, is a proven method to help desensitize or "re-train" the immune system of allergic individuals. Allergy shots contain no medicine, just the pure protein extracts of the allergens to which a patient is allergic. Shots build up in strength over time and gradually allow the allergic individual to tolerate their allergic triggers. Allergy shots are currently available for the treatment of environmental allergies (pollens, dust mites, molds, animal dander) and venom allergies (fire ants, bees, wasps, etc.). Ask your doctor if allergy shots may be a treatment option for you.
Some patients may be a candidate for rapid desensitization, also known as Rush Immunotherapy or Cluster Immunotherapy. Rapid desensitization shortens the build-up phase for allergy shots. This procedure can hasten protection, which is helpful in patients with life-threatening venom allergy, or hectic work, school, or travel schedules. Ask an allergist at Mid-Cities Allergy & Asthma Center whether you may be a candidate for this type of immunotherapy.
For certain difficult-to-diagnose rashes, it may be necessary to perform a skin biopsy. In this procedure, a local anesthetic is applied and a small piece of the affected tissue is taken and sent to the pathology lab. Biopsies can be very helpful in determining the cause of certain skin conditions.
Based on the individual needs of our patients, our medical center also offers other specialized procedures which include, but are not limited to:
- Venom Skin Testing
- Oral Food And Medications Challenges
- Drug Skin Testing and Desensitization
- Sublingual Immunotherapy
- Venom Skin Testing
- Penicillin Skin Testing
- Drug Skin Testing
- Oral Food Challenges
- Medication Challenges
I've been going here for about 10 years.
Always a good experience. Dr V is awesome. Staff is great too. Highly recommend!
Brought my son in for shots.
Dr.Wust and staff were very informative and caring. I am very grateful that I found them.
Dr. Venkatesh is the best doctor I have ever been to!
She really knows a lot and takes the time to explain things thoroughly. She's very professional and personable. I've been going to her about 5 years now and I would highly recommend her. I have horrible allergies and I feel like she has saved my life!
Dr. V. Is a knowledgeable and detailed doctor!
She really spends her time with patients and makes sure to answer all their questions.