...he spends as much time with me as I need, he explains everything and is very patient. Dr. Lubitz is one of those doctors that got into the profession because he truly wants to make his patients feel better. ~ljm1977
Dr. Lubitz has Specialized in the Treatment of Allergies, Asthma and Sinusitis for over 25 years
Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Services
Board certified Allergist and specially trained in the treatment of allergic conditions, a first step in the proper diagnosis of your symptoms is an extensive history and physical. If your history indicates allergic problems, we would suggest allergy skin and/or blood testing. Allergy skin testing can be initiated on your first visit to our office.
Allergies can also induce asthma; therefore, if this is indicated in your history and physical, we would suggest allergy testing as well as pulmonary function testing (lung capacity test) to investigate the possibility of asthma.
Our primary panel of allergy skin tests consists of 32 different airborne allergens. Airborne allergens consist of a variety of trees, grasses, weeds, molds, dust, mite and animal dander. Many times foods and pollens cross react. Therefore, we may recommend food testing as part of your complete allergy workup.
Many times people with asthma also have allergic disorders. We treat our allergic asthmatic patients just as we do our allergic patients. Skin testing would be recommended, as well as pulmonary function testing.
Our board certified allergists are specially trained in evaluating all aspects of the immune system. Individuals experiencing recurrent ear infections, sinusitis, bronchitis or pneumonia may have an underlying deficiency within their immune system. By undergoing a complete immunologic evaluation, supportive and treatment measures can be instituted that help minimize infections and shorten the recovery period.
Allergen immunotherapy simply means allergy shots. Immunotherapy helps reduce your allergy symptoms by changing the way your immune system responds to the allergens. Immunotherapy is a long-term commitment. A majority of patients that receive allergy injections on a regular basis experience a significant decrease in allergy symptoms and medication use.
Immunotherapy (Allergy Injections)
Xolair is a new medication used to treat moderate to severe asthma that is uncontrolled by inhaled corticosteroids. It works by uniquely blocking the IgE (allergic antibody) and preventing it from binding with its allergic target (mast cells). It may also down-regulate IgE receptors. Genetech created a monoclonal antibody that blocks the allergic reponse. The patient must have a total Ige of 30IU to 700Iu and be of certain weight to receive this therapy. He or she must also be allergic to perennial allergens such as cockroach, dust mite or cat to be eligible for the treatment. This medication has been shown to decrease exacerbation and hospitilization due to asthma. For further information, please check with the website Xolair.com.
Zileuton (Zyflo) is a leukotriene inhibitor that helps prevent asthma attacks. Leukotrienes are substances that are associated with inflammation and construction of airway muscles. Zyflo inhibits the enzyme 5 Lipooxygenase (5 LO), which, in various studies, reduced the use of steroids due to attacks (prednisone burst dose), nighttime symptoms and day-time symptoms. There are some side effects that include dyspepsia and elevated liver function tests, which are reversible. It should not be taken with beta blockers, coumadin or theophylline. It is especially effective in the Sampter triad (nasal polyposis, asthma and aspirin sensitivity).