Allergy Testing & Immunotherapy
Environmental allergies such as pollen, grass, cat dander, and more can cause mild to severe symptoms. The key to getting ahead of your allergies is to get tested to learn which environmental factors are causing the issues.
Allergies occur when your immune system reacts to particles in the environment.
With a quick and effective in office scratch test, specific allergies can be determined. Each allergen is placed on the forearm and pushed into the skin with a light puncture device. The areas are monitored for any localized redness, itchiness, or swelling over the test site. If this happens, it is a positive result for an allergen. You are allergic.
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Suffering from seasonal allergies? This may just be the treatment to help you become symptom free.
Immunotherapy is a preventative treatment to common allergies. By giving the body a micro dose of the allergen, and gradually increasing the dose, the body (immune system) becomes less sensitive. Do to the treatment, once the allergen is encountered, the immune system will not react leading to a reduction in symptoms.
1- Is this a permanent treatment?
Immunotherapy treatment is a preventative therapy and is not a permanent treatment. Continued treatment can mean a reduction in symptoms for up to 5 years.
2- What is the success rate of immunotherapy for allergies?
Immunotherapy treatment has a success rate of 70%. Specific allergens have a greater success rate (up to 90%) than others. If the treatment is success, results can last up to 5 years.
3- Can allergy immunotherapy make you tired?
Yes, you may feel tired after the testing. Stimulating the immune response to find out the specific allergen still releases chemicals within the body that may make some people feel fatigued temporarily.
4- What does it cost to get tested?
The visit plus the testing costs $250. The appointment is up to an hour and also includes the next steps in helping to treat and mitigate allergy symptoms.
5- Is this covered by extended benefits?
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The testing is often covered by extended benefits. However, we always suggst you check with your provider as plan vary.