Innovative Allergy Care in McKinney and Southlake
Dr. Mireku has over a decade of experience in food allergy treatment and management. Our clinic is committed to helping patients reduce or eliminate food allergy symptoms through comprehensive food allergy diagnosis and treatment. We work with our patients to identify the underlying allergy triggers that have so much impact on their lives. Each patient’s needs and concerns are carefully considered during development of a personalized treatment plan.
Our Specialized Food Allergy Testing Procedures
In today’s world it can be challenging to identify and differentiate the specific food allergies causing our symptoms. We have proven techniques to accurately identify the cause of a food allergy issue, from lab tests to patient self-reporting.
We use the following allergy testing and diagnostic tools to pinpoint the triggers of common food allergies.
Skin Prick Tests
This diagnostic approach involves exposing small areas of the skin to specific food allergens. The treatment area is then closely watched for the development of symptoms. Skin prick tests are effective and reliable, and this has made them the most recommended form of allergen test.
When the body responds to an allergen there will be identifiable antibodies within the blood. By checking for the presence of specific antibodies, it can help narrow down the source of the allergy to a particular food.
Oral Food Challenges
This diagnostic approach involves having the patient eat a very small amount of the suspected allergen. As the process continues, the patient consumes a gradually increasing amount of the substance and is closely monitored for the appearance of symptoms.
During your visit, we’ll explore your symptoms and experiences to gain an understanding of your food allergy. We’ll talk about your dietary choices, notice recurring themes, when you experience your symptoms most strongly and so on. We’ll identify the source of your allergy and reach a diagnosis together – and develop a treatment plan to institute an effective method of managing it.
Our Approach to Food Allergy Treatments
Allergen avoidance is a crucial part of allergic reaction prevention. However, the most effective allergy treatment combine dietary and lifestyle changes with an innovative, patient-centered approach.
At TexasAllergyMD, long-term preventive treatments for peanut allergies, tree nut allergies and other foods often integrate cutting-edge desensitization solutions. Oral immunotherapy (OIT), sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT), antihistamines and epinephrine auto-injectors are all valuable tools that help prevent severe reactions and offer an improved quality of life.
Advancing Allergy Care Through Education
Dr Mireku is also a member of the Food Allergy Support Team (FAST), a group of physicians dedicated to the diagnosis and management of food allergies. This commitment to continuous learning and local collaboration helps shape better, more informed allergy care for our patients. Read on for articles co-authored by Dr. Mireku on managing food allergy with Oral immunotherapy (OIT).
Common Questions About Food Allergies
The eight most common food allergens are milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, soy and wheat. While these allergens account for most food allergies, it is quite possible to experience allergic reactions to a wide variety of other foods.
It is possible to outgrow food allergies, but many allergies persist into adulthood. Many children sensitive to milk and eggs outgrow their allergies as they get older, yet this is less common with peanut and tree nut allergies.
People with a food allergy can indeed experience allergic reactions to trace elements within food products. A person with an allergy could also be at risk from simply inhaling aromas or fumes (heated peanut oil, for example) during cooking.
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