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Look up the following list items at this link:

  • Allergen Immunotherapy
  • Venom Immunotherapy
  • Dust Mite Allergy


Certain Conditions Indicate Contact Allergen Testing – Patch Tests

  • Eczema
  • Skin Rashes/Urticaria (Hives), Cellulitis, Angioedema, (swelling of lips, face)
  • Reactions Possibly Resulting from Allergens That Have Been Ingested, Such As Eczematous, Erythematous or Urticarial (Hives) Reactions

We also offer extensive evaluation for food allergy, including peanut, tree nut, egg and shellfish.

eczema treatment servicesDust Mite Information

Dust mites are microscopic creatures that live in pillows, mattresses, blankets, carpets and other soft materials. They are tiny arachnids, similar to ticks. They are 3 / 10 mm in length, invisible to the naked eye. Just like pollen in the air, dust mite fecal particles are the allergen.

Dust mites thrive in warm, moist environments. They require a relative humidity of 50 percent to survive. They live off of shed human skin flakes.

Dust mites are abundant in down. It is most important to control the bedroom environment: There is often a great accumulation of dust mites in bed mattresses. The average mattress can contain two million dust mites. To address this:

  • Use a Special Mattress Cover Made to Keep Dust Mites from Penetrating
  • Regular Plastic Covers Will Not Work
  • You Must Wash All Bedding Every Two Weeks in Hot Water
  • Sheets, Blankets, Mattress Pad, Bedspread or Comforter

You must cover your register vents with a special cover. You should remove pets from your bedroom. Studies have shown that after one hour of pet exposure, pet dander will be active in that room for several weeks. Studies have shown that even after a pet is removed from a house, cat dander will remain active for up to nine months, and dog dander will remain active for four to six months.

With the use of mattress and box springs covers, pillow covers and vent covers and the removal of pets, you can decrease your exposure by 70 percent. Dust mites are present year-round, but their peak season for multiplying is August, September and October. If windows are opened, especially if it is humid outside, you will greatly increase the presence of dust mites, mold and ragweed in the room.

Pet versus dust mite studies have shown that there is a shell around the dust mite fecal particle that makes it heavier than pet dander. Pet allergens are very light. Therefore, pet allergens are constantly circulating in the air. Dust mites sit on surfaces. When the surface is disturbed, the allergens become airborne. Therefore, it is important to wear a mask when vacuuming, as this makes the allergens go into the air.

For Children:

  • No Stuffed Animals in the Bed – Only Washable Ones

We do not recommend carpet dust mite treatments, as they can induce asthma symptoms.

Air purifiers are good, but are nullified by having a pet in the room.

Perennial and Seasonal Mold

Mold is a fungus in the plant family. It survives on decomposing plant and animal matter. Mold reproduces by releasing spores into the air that settle on organic matter and grow new clusters. It is the spores that trigger allergic reactions when inhaled.

Perennial mold (indoor) spore season is year-round. Mold thrives in dark, warm and humid areas of the home.

  • Bathroom
  • Walls (Especially Behind Wallpaper)
  • Underneath Bathroom Carpet
  • Shower Stalls
  • Around Faucets and Toilet
  • Damp Towels
  • Kitchen
  • Inside Garbage Cans
  • Refrigerator Drain Pans and Seal Around Refrigerator Doors
  • Around the Faucet
  • Bedroom and Other Areas
  • Pillows And Mattresses
  • Unwashed Clothes
  • Indoor Plant Soil
  • Air-Conditioners And Humidifiers
  • Concrete, Damp Basements And Attics

Seasonal mold: Outdoor mold spores may be present year-round except after frost. Seasonal mold is found mainly in fallen leaves, cut grass, rotting wood, compost piles and damp areas.

To reduce your exposure:

  • Keep Humidity Below 50 % by Using an Air-Conditioner or Dehumidifier
  • Clean Moldy Areas with a 10 % Bleach Solution
  • Never Steam-Clean Carpet As Mold Will Grow Under the Carpet
  • Remove Carpeting from the Bedroom and by Entryways
  • Keep Refrigerators and Bathrooms Clean
  • Use an Exhaust Fan When Cooking and Showering
  • Avoid Living in Basements
  • Get Rid Of Old Furniture and Foam Rubber Mattresses
  • Avoid Doing Yard Work or Wear a Good Quality Mask
  • Wash Your Pillow Regularly and Replace Yearly
  • Avoid Potted Plants in the Home
  • Do Not Hang Clothing or Bedding Outdoors (They Collect Pollen and Mold Spores)

Privacy Practice

Livingston Center of Allergy, Sinus and Asthma

Anna Dobracki, M.D., Ph.D.
8546 W. Grand River Ave.
Brighton, MI 48116
Located in the Grand Medical Center
Behind ABC Warehouse
Phone: 810-227-0906
Fax: 810-227-6511

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Contact Information

Livingston Center Of Allergy Sinus & Asthma

8546 W. Grand River Ave.
Brighton, MI 48116

Phone: 810-227-0906
Fax: 810-227-6511
 

Business Hours:
Monday: 9:00 am - 6:30 pm
Tuesday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
 
First Saturday of Month: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm (October through June)
 
Closed on Wednesdays and Fridays
Closed for Lunch: 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
 

The office will be closed during the week of December 25th and also on January 1st. We will be reopening on January 2nd. 

 

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All Allergy Shot Patients Need to Arrive 30 Minutes Prior to Close.