Allergies

Toepperwein Family Practice & Wellness Center

Family Physicians located in Live Oak, San Antonio, TX

If you’re one of the millions of Americans suffering from allergy symptoms, you don’t just have to deal with it. Friendly physician, Moiz Tajkhanji, MD is highly knowledgeable about allergies and allergy triggers and provides various allergy testing and treatment methods, including immunotherapy, at Toepperwein Family Practice & Wellness Center in San Antonio. Allergy symptoms can dim your vitality and stop you from feeling 100%. Combat your allergies with personalized professional medical care and call or use the online scheduler.

Allergies Q & A

Toepperwein Family Practice & Wellness Center

What are the most common allergy triggers?

The most common allergy triggers include:

  • Dust mites
  • Mold
  • Pollen
  • Animal dander
  • Cockroaches
  • Food allergies
  • Latex
  • Insect sting
  • Medications
  • Food additives

Allergies can interfere with your breathing and lead to snoring and sleep apnea. Sleep apnea increases your risk for high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease.

What types of allergy testing are available?

Allergy testing is used to identify the allergens that are causing your reactions and to assess the severity of those reactions. Various in-office procedures and testing are available at Toepperwein Family Practice & Wellness Center, including breathing and asthma tests and pulmonary function tests to determine how well your lungs are working.

Those with more sensitive skin might not be suitable for a skin test.

Skin testing

There are two skin testing methods. With the picking method, Dr. Tajkhanji applies an extract of allergens to your skin. He lightly pricks your skin to allow a gentle exposure to the allergen.

With intradermal skin testing, Dr. Tajkhanji injects a minor amount of the allergen into the outer layer of your skin to stimulate a reaction that can be safely and carefully monitored and evaluated.

Blood test

A blood test can measure the presence of antibodies in your blood and can be conveniently performed in-office.

Food elimination test

A food elimination test is a great way for you to control what you eat to help identify which foods are allergy triggers. A food elimination test involves you keeping a food diary and eliminating certain foods from your diet. During this process, you detail your symptoms and reactions during a certain time period following your consumption of the specific foods.

Medications

Medications are usually focused on lowering inflammation, blocking histamine receptors, and preventing allergic reactions. 

What is immunotherapy?

Allergy immunotherapy entails a series of injections that contain small doses of certain allergens. These small doses of allergens are administered over time.

The dosage used is steadily increased during the initial treatment phase as your body starts to develop a tolerance to the allergens, reducing your reactions.

The next part of allergy immunotherapy treatment is called the maintenance phase, where the same dosage is maintained with more time added between your treatments to finalize the immunotherapy.

You’re effectively desensitized to the allergens through the repeated exposure to small doses of them. Immunotherapy is similar to the concept of traditional vaccines.

Since it can be difficult to avoid certain triggers in the environment, immunotherapy offers much-needed relief by targeting specific allergies at the source and making sure that even if you are exposed, you experience little to no symptoms.

If you have allergy symptoms, book online or call today.

Learn more about allergy immune therapy here.