Your initial visit will last 30 minutes. The first visit the patient will fill out an Allergy Questionnaire that will help determine the causes of the allergens affecting your health. After questionnaire is completed, the Allergy Tech will perform the Allergy Test. The testing involves testing for 70 different reagents such as, Grasses, Tress, Weeds, Molds, Animal Dander, and Foods. The Allergy Tech will place 10 plastic applicators on the patient’s arms or back. The applicators will sit for 15 minutes before results will be read. If the patient is allergic to one or more of the foreign material they will react. The reaction will be of redness, swelling, itching, or burning sensation at the point of application.
If I test positive, what is my treatment plan?
If you are allergy tested and the results are positive, you are eligible for Immunotherapy. This is an effective therapy for allergies, allergic asthma, chronic sinus infections, and chronic headaches. There are 2 different options for Immunotherapy. There is Rapid Immunotherapy and Conventional Immunotherapy. The first initial visit to begin Rapid Immunotherapy, the patient will stay in the office for 5 hours and will receive an injection in each arm every hour and will receive a total of 12 injections on that day. Then, the patient will follow up for an allergy injection every 2 weeks for the following 24 weeks. The Conventional Immunotherapy is where the patient comes into the office weekly to receive an allergy injection in each arm for 6 months. If after the 6 months the patient is still showing signs of Allergy difficulties then Immunotherapy will be ordered for 6 months longer.
During Immunotherapy the objective is to desensitize the subject from the allergen and to develop protective antibodies against the allergen.
The duration of suffering for months with allergy symptoms is diminished on rapid immunotherapy while waiting for conventional allergy injections to start working. Since immunotherapy often results in long-term improvement in symptoms by changing the patient’s immunity, rapid desensitization may cure some patients with allergies. Rapid desensitization has shown to treat one out of every five Americans who suffer from allergies.