What to Expect During a Consultation
When you meet with Dr. Langford, he will obtain a thorough medical history, perform an examination, and evaluate your symptoms. He will usually conduct an allergy test, lung volume (spirometry) test, or will arrange for blood tests to pinpoint your exact sensitivities.
You can expect to meet with Dr. Langford himself and he will be sure to answer any questions you might have. Langford Allergy is a physician-driven practice, which means that Dr. Langford knows every patient personally and seeks to implement a superior standard of care for which he takes a sense of ownership. As we grow, we will be utilizing nurse practitioners as part of our care team. Dr. Langford is working diligently to maintain the compassion and thorough care as we seek to help more Middle Georgians.
An allergy test is a no-pain, no-shots procedure. The allergy skin test is performed by slightly pressing a small amount of allergen on the skin of the arm or the back using a plastic device that barely scratches the skin. We utilize the newest devices optimized to minimize discomfort. Between 20-90 indoor and outdoor allergens and foods can be tested for using this method. If you have an allergy to that particular allergen, the skin where the allergen was placed will become slightly red, itchy, or raised. It takes about five minutes to place the allergens on the skin, fifteen minutes for the results to develop, and five minutes to read. Overall, it is a quick, easy process with minimal discomfort where the bulk of the time is spent talking with Dr. Langford and his staff about your results immediately after testing.
Lung Volume (Spirometry) Testing
Spirometry measures how much air you breathe in and out and how fast you blow it out. This test helps Dr. Langford determine if you have asthma or if certain asthma medications are working appropriately for you. The test occurs in two phases and can take around thirty minutes overall. Often, we are able to combine the two types of tests to expedite your visit. This test is >90% sensitive in detecting asthma, and as such, we can rule out asthma and simultaneously ‘rule-in’ asthma. Dr. Langford prefers to assign this diagnosis when possible by laying numbers down. We often have three and four year olds able to perform the test which involves a computer screen. Kids love video games and this one they play with their lungs!