What are allergies?
Allergies are an abnormal response of the immune system to substances called allergens.
What is immunotherapy?
Allergen immunotherapy is a form of treatment aimed at decreasing your sensitivity to allergens.
Immunotherapy involves introducing increasing amounts of an allergen to a patient over several months.
Is immunotherapy effective in eliminating allergies?
Yes, immunotherapy is very effective in greatly decreasing, or even eliminating, the symptoms of allergies. Up to 85% of patients report a complete cure or a noticeable reduction in allergy symptoms.
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 for children?
Yes, in addition to being 85% – 95% effective, allergen immunotherapy has been shown to prevent the development of asthma. Children need to be two years of age or older to receive immunotherapy.
How do I prepare for an allergy test?
Tell your allergist about all medicines you're taking, including over-the-counter medicines. Don't take antihistamines for 3-7 days before the test. Ask an allergist when to stop taking them.
Can allergies be cured?
There is currently no cure for allergies. However, there are OTC and prescription medications that may relieve symptoms. Avoiding allergy triggers or reducing contact with them can help prevent allergic reactions. Over time, immunotherapy may reduce the severity of allergic reactions.
How are allergies diagnosed?
Allergies are diagnosed with skin tests and blood tests. Contact us to schedule your allergy test today.
Can an allergic reaction trigger asthma?
Yes. Once you are sensitized or allergic, both indoor and outdoor allergens can cause asthma symptoms and attacks, as well as other allergic symptoms such as sneezing or a runny nose. It is therefore important to consider whether your asthma is caused or worsened by allergens.
How are allergies treated?
Allergies can be treated with medicine that alleviates symptoms or immunotherapy (allergy shots or drops) that desensitize the patient to specific allergens with weekly shots over several years. Take the quiz to find out if allergy testing is right for you.