As a fellow of the American Academy of Allergy and Immunology and a specialist of allergy and immunology for eighteen years, Dr. Roberto Garcia-Ibáñez and his staff will provide you with thorough, top-quality care to treat your allergy-related health problems that otherwise hinder your daily routine.

* A $50.00 cancellation fee will be charged to patients cancelling appointments without giving at least 24 hours advance notice.

Symptoms

Some of the symptoms and diseases that Dr. Garcia-Ibáñez can diagnose and treat include, but are not limited to:

  • Watery, red itchy swollen eyes
  • Hay Fever
  • Hives and swelling
  • Allergic skin problems
  • Generalized allergic reaction
  • Asthma
  • Eczema, hives or contact dermatitis
  • Food allergies
  • Allergies to medications
  • Jewelry sensitivity
  • Chronic Cough
  • Exercise-induced asthma
  • Headaches
  • Immune System diseases
  • Generalized itching
  • Latex allergy
  • Recurrent bronchitis
  • Recurrent infections
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sinus problmes
  • Upper respiratory infection
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Diagnosis

As a first-time patient, you will undergo a comprehensive new patient evaluation with Dr. Garcia-Ibáñez, who will examine your current symptoms and health history and order the necessary laboratory procedures to pinpoint the problem at hand. Dr. Garcia-Ibáñez will be happy to answer any questions regarding such diagnostic procedures, some of which include:

  • Allergy skin testing: This accurately identifies your allergies to inhalants, foods, certain antibiotics, local anesthetics, and insect venoms.
  • InVitro Allergy Testing (Rast/Immunocap): This is bloodwork done to identify allergens for patients unable to undergo skin testing.
  • Nasal smears: These determine the presence of allergic or infectious cells.
  • Patch testing: This test is used to isolate agents that cause a poison ivy type rash.
  • Pulmonary (lung) function studies: These determine the efficiency of airflow in the lungs.
  • Oral challenges: These can determine food or medication allergy.

Come and see the allergy diagnosis doctor today. Let us get rid of your

allergies.

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Treatment

Fortunately, new and more effective treatments for allergy sufferers are now available. Daily medications can help control symptoms without drowsiness and drying side effects associated with most over-the-counter preparations. However, sometimes even the newest medications are not completely effective, thus further treatments are necessary. Immunotherapy, or allergen specific desensitization has been the standard approach to this problem by modifying the body’s immune reaction to allergies by increasing tolerance to your allergies. Recently, immunotherapy has been found to reduce the likelihood to develop asthma in children who are treated in this matter. Armed with the knowledge regarding the nature of your allergies, you may relieve symptoms by employing simple avoidance and elimination measures. Currently, an estimated three million individuals receive allergen specific desensitization in the U.S.

  • SLIT treatment "drops" or sublingual immunotherapy": This is the most recent medical approach for allergy treatment; in fact, the World Health Organization has endorsed sublingual immunotherapy as a viable alternative to injection therapy. Although SLIT therapy has been in use for the past 60 years, the last decade has shown an increased use of sublingual immunotherapy, especially in countries in the European community, such as France, Spain and Italy. Spain and Italy where Sublingual treatment (SLIT) accounts for approximately 75% of all immunotherapy treatments, and its success rate has deemed it a legitimate and efficient form of treatment. SLIT drops are placed under the tongue and affect the immune system through very specialized cells found under the tongue. Research shows these sublingual cells are a friendlier and effective route for long-term desensitization, making it an ideal option for patients who aren’t candidates for shots, and decreasing the chance of an anaphylactic reaction. Most patients take allergy drops each day for three to five years. Many patients unable to tailor their daily schedules to receive shots at the doctor’s office are candidates for SLIT therapy, as it is comfortably administered at home as a safe, effective and reasonable option. Dr. Garcia-Ibáñez is the only board-certified allergy provider in the Bay Area that has expertise in this innovative approach to allergy treatment and is happy to evaluate whether or not SLIT treatment is for you.
  • Allergy injections: This treatment works to decrease your sensitivity to certain allergens (the culprits of allergic reactions). The doctor prescribes a vaccine custom-made according to your specific allergies. The vaccines are administered through a series of injections in the office twice a week until a desirable maintenance level is reached. Thereafter, the interval between injections is gradually increased to once a month until therapy is completed.
  • Patient education: This is vital to understand environmental control measures, medications, the nature of disease triggers, and the use of inhalers and nasal sprays.
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