Allergy FAQ

What is involved in testing for environmental allergies?
We use intra-dermal and skin-prick testing to evaluate your antibody responses. During an intra-dermal test, a small amount of each suspected allergen is injected into the skin in order to measure your immune response. Your reactions to these individual allergens provides your “allergy profile,” which becomes the baseline for your recommended course of treatment. This test takes approximately 1 hour and requires that you avoid certain medications prior to testing in order to accurately identify your body’s natural immune response.

Which season should I get tested for?
Our allergy program can test for Fall allergies, Spring allergies and year round allergies. A visit with a medical provider is necessary to determine the appropriate test, obtain a doctor’s order and discuss treatment options.

Do I need to see a doctor before I can get allergy testing done?
Yes, allergy testing requires a doctor’s order. Please contact us to set up an appointment

Who can be tested?

Adults and children over the age of 2 years can be tested for allergies. This is especially helpful for patients who suffer with asthma, allergic pneumonia, conjunctivitis (pink eye), undiagnosed cough, dermatitis (skin irritation), insect allergy, rhinitis, sinusitis, urticaria (hives) and angioedema (similar to hives, but beneath the skin).

What are my options for allergy treatment?
Once testing is complete as described above, there are allergy treatment options you and your provider should discuss. Subcutaneous immunotherapy (SCIT) involves injections to reduce or eliminate your symptoms; Sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) are drops placed under your tongue to desensitize you to your allergens. Coverage of these treatments depends on your health insurance plan. Please speak to both your physician in your allergy consultation appointment and your insurance company to clarify procedures and coverage.

How long will I have to be on immunotherapy?

The course of immunotherapy varies by individual. The initial course of immunotherapy is one year, but full allergen immunity can take anywhere between one and five years.

How soon will I see results from immunotherapy?

Relief from allergies varies by individual, but the vast majority of patients see results within the first three months of immunotherapy.

One in five people suffer from symptomatic allergies. These symptoms can vary greatly from minor discomfort to severe disability. The cost of allergies can be significant when factoring in lost productivity and days off from work. Combined with expensive drugs that serve only to mask the symptoms, the average cost to patients can be upwards of $2,000 per year.

Is immunotherapy effective in eliminating allergies?

Yes, immunotherapy is very effective in greatly decreasing or even eliminating the symptoms of allergies. Up to 85% receive a complete cure or a noticeable reduction in allergy symptoms.

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