Services We Offer:

 

Offering a wide range of patient services:

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OUR SERVICES

  • Immunotherapy (allergy shots)
  • Immune deficiency testing
  • Eczema
  • Contact Dermatitis
     
Allergy Testing and Immunotherapy

Is it allergies?

  • Asthma
  • Allergy Testing
  • Hives and Angioedema
  • Anaphylaxis
Eczema
Hives
  • When did your symptoms start- in childhood, teen years, adulthood?

  • Do you have problems only during certain months?

  • Are your symptoms better or worse during the day or night, indoors or out?

  • Do any of your relatives have allergies?

  • Do you have pets?

  • We offer testing for allergies of foods and various inhalants including molds, trees, weeds, grasses, animal dander, and venom.

  • Patch testing for allergies to metals,  medicines, cosmetics, and household products.

  • Immunotherapy injections to desensitize and ultimately cure allergies.

  • Asthma diagnosis and treatment, including personalized action plans for flare-ups.

What is Allergy Testing?

What are you allergic to? And why does it matter?

  • We start with 2 panels with 96 allergens each.  Pediatric panels have 24 allergens each.

  • One panel is for food, which tests for many different kinds of foods including fruits, vegetables, fish, shellfish, nuts, and spices.

  • One panel is environmental, or inhalants.  This panel rules out anything that one may be allergic to in their environment.  Some examples are trees, weeds, grasses, animal dander, and molds.

  • The pricks are done on the back using prickers with 8 tips each (see photos), which have been compared to being stuck with plastic fork tines. 

  • Once the back is labeled and pricked, we wait for 15 minutes to interpret the body's reaction to the allergens.

  • We look for "mosquito bite" type reactions and measure how large (more extreme) the reactions are.

  • With our adult patients, If little or no reaction is noted, we will do intradermal testing, in which we inject a little of the serum just under the skin.  If the patient is allergic, this will definitely cause a reaction.

  • Again, we wait 15 minutes to measure the reaction.

  • Some offices do blood testing for allergies, however our method has been determined to be the most accurate method to determine exact allergies and their extent.  This leads to a finer-tuned allergy serum based on each patient's own personal reactions.

What is Immunotherapy?

  • Immunotherapy is a proven treatment for respiratory allergies and the only approach that not only reduces symptoms but also influences the very course of an allergic disease and asthma providing, in many patients, a chance for a cure!  Recent studies confirmed that, if given in appropriate age, it can successfully prevent allergies and asthma in selected patients, particularly children.

  • Patient receives subcutaneous (just below the skin) injections of very small doses of the allergen to which he or she is allergic- as determined by careful history and testing.  When these injections are repeated, the body builds up tolerance to these allergens and allergic and asthma symptoms improve.

  • Slow build-up of allergen dose is crucial and significantly decreases the possibility of the injection itself causing allergic reactions.  Allergy injections ("shots") are typically given weekly on a walk-in basis until maintenance dose is reached; then longer intervals between injections are instituted.  Generally, patients require weekly injections for up to six months, then monthly injections thereafter, if the previous injections were well tolerated.

  • BENEFIT is expected in approximately 75% of patients who receive this form of treatment.  This means dramatically reduced allergic symptoms, improvement of allergic and asthma and reduced or absent need for allergy medications!

  • At some point in the process, you may be retested to see how the injections are benefiting you.  This allows us to see if you are having less of a reaction to the allergens, and to make sure you haven't developed new ones.  

We do test for other substances you may come in contact with such as nickel, fragrances, cosmetics, and household chemicals that may cause rashes, hives, or allergic contact dermatitis.  This is done by a patch test (pictured).

8 pronged Pricker
Pricking the skin
Intradermal
Testing
Patch T.R.U.E
testing
Customized Treatment Plans

Indiana Institute of Immunology, Allergy, & Asthma

Dr. Damir Matesic

2216 W. Alto Rd.

Kokomo, IN  46902

(765) 450-6396

For Life-Threatening Emergencies Call 911
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