The management of chronic and recurrent nasal and sinus disease requires a history and detailed examination of the patient that often includes allergy testing. Endoscopic examination and x-rays help to diagnose and treat patients with sinus and nasal abnormalities. The testing and treatment of patients with allergic rhinitis and allergic rhino-sinusitis often requires testing for allergies, as well as other diagnostic tools, in order to develop a treatment program.
The Department of Otolaryngology provides allergic testing and treatment of the patient with allergic rhinitis and allergic rhino-sinusitis. RAST (Radio-Allergo-Sorbent Test), a blood test, and skin testing are routinely used to diagnose what specific pollens patients have allergies to. Immunotherapy or allergy shots are provided using a methodology that is patient friendly. Sublingual drops, as a means to test allergic disease, are also provided. The nurses who assist in the testing and treatment of the allergic patient are well trained and provide high quality and excellent care of allergy patients.