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Allergy Center F.A.Q.

Will my final "maintenance dose" always be the same volume and be given at the same interval?

No. The maintenance dose and interval varies upon your compliance with IT.

Should I inform my doctor of new prescription medications from other doctors?

Yes. Please inform your provider and your allergy specialist of any new medications you are taking.

My symptoms are only in the spring and summer. Why do I have to get allergy shots year round or can I just get them before and during my season?

Immunotherapy protocol is designed to be safely administered from home; therefore to receive adequate dosing, injections need to be given yearound.

What can I do to get the most benefit from my allergy injections?

Follow your immunotherapy schedule that was provided.

How often will I see the physician to discuss my allergies?

you will have to visit with your physician to discuss the results of your allergy test and why IT is recommended.

At 3 and 6 months of IT.

Every 6 months from then on.

Why am I required to wai thirty minutes after each injection?

80% of all severe or adverse reactions happen within 30 minutes after injection. For safety reasons, we prefer our patients to have quick access to treatment.

What is actually in the injections?

Your injection(s) is composed of pollen extracts, glycerin, and saline. Glycerin - a bacterial static.

What kind of reactions can I expect?

Adverse Reactions:

  1. Redness, minor swelling and itching at the injection sites.
  2. Hives.
  3. Redness, swelling, hives and itching either generalized or beyond the injection sites.
  4. Tongue, facial or throat swelling.
  5. Difficulty in swallowing.
  6. Shortness of breath or asthma attack.
  7. Fainting or light headedness.


Rarely, reactions to the shots can be severe and, if untreated, may result in death.

How are specific allergens selected for immunotherapy?

Allergens are selected depending on how you react to your allergy skin test and an allergy assessment by your provider.

What happens if I don't get better on immunotherapy?

You should begin to see symptom improvements within the first year. If you do not see improvement you should consult with your physician.

Is immunotherapy effective for children?

Yes, in addition to being 85% - 95% effective, allergen immunotherapy has been shown to prevent the development of asthma.

How effective is immunotherapy?

In allergen sensitive patient, there is data that shows a success rate between 85% - 95% after a full 3-year course of immunotherapy.

Will I outgrow allergies or can they go away on their own?

It has been shown that children can outgrow their allergies but most adults will not outgrow their allergies.

Are the testing and immunotherapy covered by insurance?

Yes, most insurance plans cover allergy testing and immunotherapy. We will verify insurance benefits prior to testing.

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 noticeable reduction in allergy symptoms.

What are the benefits of allergy testing and 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.

What if I am currently taking antihistamines?

In order to achieve the most accurate test results, you should discontinue any antihistamines, over-the-counter or prescription drugs, for at least three days prior to allergy testing.

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 few months of immunotherapy.

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 two and five years.

What is immunotherapy?

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.

Which allergens will be tested for?

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.

How long does the allergy testing take?

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.

 

How is the allergy test performed, and is it painful?

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.