Allergy Testing and Treatment

Tired of your allergy symptoms getting in the way of life?

Regional Family Medicine offers on-site allergy testing and treatment through United Allergy Services. 

ALLERGY TESTING

If you have allergies, your physician or nurse practitioner can arrange allergy testing with our Clinical Allergy Specialist. Allergy testing determines exactly which allergens might be causing your symptoms. The method we use is a skin test and is preformed by gently scratching or pricking the skin with a tiny comb. There are no needles involved, and the test is done one your arms so you can see your results.

ALLERGY TREATMENT

Over-the-counter drugs, such as Claritin, Zyrtec, and Allegra, certainly have their place in the treatment of allergies, but they only temporarily mask your symptoms. Allergy shots, also known as immunotherapy, are aimed at decreasing your sensitivity to allergens by slowly administering increasing amounts of allergens over an extended period of time. Immunotherapy is administered subcutaneously and conventionally at home.

Home immunotherapy is safe, and allows for more convenience and control in allergy treatment:

  • If found to be an appropriate candidate for allergy immunotherapy, you will be taught how to administer your own injections, which you will then continue at home.
  • You will have the freedom to take your allergy serum with you on vacation, eliminating the need to cut short your trip or miss doses while away.
  • You can set a schedule that works best for your lifestyle.

BENEFITS OF IMMUNOTHERAPY

There are many benefits of immunotherapy, including decreasing your symptoms and risk of developing allergic asthma. You can also expect more productivity in the workplace, fewer days missed from work due to allergies, and less money spent on over-the-counter medication. Immunotherapy has the ability to eliminate your allergies. A vast majority, 85% of patients, state they achieve symptom relief within the first year of starting immunotherapy.

FAQs

How long does the allergy test take? The test takes approximately 30 minutes to administer and 15 minutes to register the results-so you don't have to wait long to learn the possible cause of your allergies.

Who can be tested? Adults and children over the age of two can be tested for allergies. This is especially helpful for patients who suffer with asthma, allergic pneumonia, conjunctivitis, undiagnosed cough, dermatitis, rhinitis, sinusitis, urticaria, and angioedema.

Which allergens will I be tested for? You will be tested for the most frequent geographically specific seasonal and perennial allergens in your area. These allergens include: dust mites, proteins from pet hair and dander, trees, grass, weeds, mold, and cockroach allergens.

Are the allergy test and treatment covered by insurance? Yes, most insurance plans cover the allergy test and treatment. Your insurance benefits will be verified prior to testing.

 

Talk to your provider to see if an allergy test is right for you.

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