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  • Why should I see an allergist?
    Allergists can help patients with a variety of conditions including nasal congestion, skin rashes, breathing difficulties such as asthma, food sensitivities and sinus disease. There is always something to do to help you feel better.
  • Do you take insurance?
    We accept medical insurance from all major commercial and governmental carriers. For private pay patients, the office will work with you too.
  • How long will the initial visit take?
    Expect to be in the office for about 40-50 minutes from the time you fill out forms through initial consultation, skin testing, and wrapping up.
  • What is skin testing?
    Skin testing is the easiest, quickest, and most reliable test for allergic sensitivities to environmental and food allergens. Allergy serum of each specific allergen is pressed with a plastic device superficially onto the forearms (not the back) and the results are read within minutes.
  • Are there needles?
    The end of the device has a small point but there are no needles. There will be no bleeding and it typically does not hurt.
  • How long does the skin test take?
    It takes a matter of seconds to apply the allergy extracts onto the skin and then we wait between 10-20 minutes to see the results.
  • What can happen?
    If you are allergic, you may experience a small itch or hive. If you are not allergic, you will not experience any reaction.
  • How do you determine the results?
    Any reaction shows the presense of allergic sensitivity. However, the course of action depends specifically on each person’s history of reactivity to that allergen.
  • What is immunotherapy, aka Allergy Shots?"
    Any patients who has more severe symptoms to environmental allergens, such as dust mites, cats, dogs, or pollen, confirmed with allergy testing is a candidate for Allergy Immunotherapy. This treatment is a time proven therapy that develops immunity to that allergen. With a series of build-up injections, your body will gradually develop a tolerance to that allergen and will no longer react when exposed to it. This is the classic therapy that has given relief to patients for over a century!
  • Who can be skin tested?
    Anyone. There is no lower age limit. Even infants can be tested for food and enviromental allergens.
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