Animal Dander & Dust Mite Diagnostic Therapy

Animal Dander and Dust Mite Allergy

Pets are part of the family, but they may also be the source of allergies. Animals shed dander which is a combination of hair and dead skin cells. Pet dander can trigger allergic reactions in people. These reactions are seldom severe, but they do cause discomfort and persistent allergy symptoms.

Yampa Valley Medical Center Ears, Nose and Throat Clinic offers testing of animal allergens for cat, dog, horse and cow.

Identification of the common allergens is very important in allergy management. While avoidance is the key for any allergic condition, immunotherapy options in both sublingual (The Allergy Drop®) and subcutaneous injection are safe and very effective.

Dust mite allergy is another common home allergen. It is very difficult to eradicate and thrives in low altitude and high humidity environments in Colorado. Dust mites are found in bedding, mattresses, carpets and even children’s stuffed animals.

Chronic exposure to dust mites can impact the health of those with asthma, especially children. The control of asthma symptoms in children is directly related to identification and avoidance or desensitization (immunotherapy) for this allergen. Studies show that early diagnosis and management of dust mite allergy can reverse the course of asthma in children.

At Yampa Valley Medical Center Ears, Nose and Throat Clinic, Jason Sigmon, M.D., is a leader in promoting early diagnosis of allergy triggers in children. Dr. Sigmon travels extensively to educate primary care providers in the methods available for allergy diagnosis. He is a major proponent for serum and dry blood spot techniques which breakdown the previous barriers to universal testing present in legacy skin testing techniques.