Allergy Questions

In order to achieve the most accurate test results follow the instructions listed below:

Stop using the following 3 days prior to test:
• Benadryl, Sleeping Aids (meds w/ PM)
• Allergy eye drops (Visine A, Pataday)
• Opthalmic Beta Blockers for Glaucoma (Timolol)
• Muscle Relaxers & High dose NSAIDS
• Tri-Cyclic Antidepressants
• Heartburn meds (Pepcid, Cimetidine, Zantac)

Stop using the following 7 days prior to test:
• Antihistamines (Zyrtec, Allegra, Claritin, Xyzal,Tavist)
• Nasal Antihistamines (Astelin, Astepro, Patanase)

Yes, most insurance plans cover allergy testing and immunotherapy. Click here for a full list of insurances that we take. We will verify insurance benefits prior to testing.

Self injections are actually very simple. Just pretend you are crossing your arms in a relaxed position, with your wrist resting on your elbow, and the needle at a 45 degree angle with the bevel facing away from the skin, it will glide in very smoothly. All patients are trained how to aspirate before injecting their allergy medication to make sure they are not in a blood vessel. This is done by simply pulling back on the plunger of the syringe after it has been entered into the arm. If no blood is visible then proceed with the injection by pushing the plunger back down, ensuring all of the medication is out of the syringe. If blood was visible the patient will discard that syringe, get a new one to re administer their medication, and go in one inch away from the previous spot of the arm.

Yes, if the patient cannot successfully inject their medication into left and right arms, they may do both shots in the same arm 2 inches apart.

The testing is not painful. A tiny comb gently scratches or abrades the skin surface. After the test is performed, it takes about 15 minutes to develop. A positive test will appear as a raised, red bump on the skin, similar to a mosquito bite.

The testing takes approximately 30 minutes- 15 minutes to administer and 15 minutes to register the results- so you don’t have to wait long to learn the cause of your allergies.

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).

You will be tested for the 50 most geographically specific mold and airborne allergens in your area. We will test for products from dust mites, proteins from pet hair and dander, molds, trees, grass and weed pollens. The test does not detect food allergies.

Allergen immunotherapy is a form of treatment aimed at decreasing your sensitivity to substances called allergens. It involves introducing increasing amounts of an allergen to a patient over several months.

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

Relief from allergies varies by individual, but the vast majority of patients see results within the first few 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. And, at your physician’s discretion, immunotherapy can be performed in the comfort and convenience of your own home, eliminating the need for costly and inconvenient visits to your physician’s office.

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