We offer allergy testing and allergy treatment for both pediatric and adult patients in an office base setting. The most common treatment is immunotherapy (allergy shots) for a person's specific allergens. This is determined by prick test and intradermal testing (injection of different potential antigens just beneath the surface of the skin) similar to a TB skin test.
Allergies are triggered by substances called allergens. Millions of people suffer from seasonal allergies each year. Symptoms range from sinus congestion, runny nose, headache, sneezing and itchy watery eyes. Allergens such as pollens, house dust, mite dust, animal dander, grass or mold cause allergies in more than 35 million people in the United States. (courtesy the AAAAI)
The allergy test usually takes one to two hours, or the physician may order a blood test known as a RAST test. Once your allergens are identified, the allergy nurse will discuss environmental controls and set up a date to begin allergy shots, which occur on a weekly basis. You will initially receive shots in our office, but it may be possible to have your shots given at home or your primary physician's office during the course of therapy. Most patients benefit from allergy shots for 4-5 years after which they can be discontinued with continued relief of symptoms.
For some patients, sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) is an alternative treatment option. With SLIT, the patient administers allergy serum under their tongue once daily at home. Most patients benefit from SLIT for 4-5 years after which they can be discontinued with continued relief of symptoms.
All allergy serums are mixed on site for the patient's individual needs. To be considered for allergy testing you will need an evaluation by one of our physicians to determine if you are an appropriate candidate. For any questions please call our office at (252) 523-0687.