The allergy testing procedure is virtually painless and takes approximately 15 to 20 minutes. A small allergy applicator, filled with allergens specific to the Geographical region, is applied to the skin to abrade/scratch the skin. This causes a local reaction and ultimately reveals the sensitivity to these specific allergens.
Allergies have been proven to be contributing factors to many health issues patients suffer from on a daily basis.
Traditionally, doctors will prescribe medication—an antihistamine to suppress the reactions to an allergen. Pollen, dust and mold allergies treatments will also often involve weekly injections, in addition to antihistamines. These drugs can cause their own set of side effects such as dry mouth, confusion, blurred vision, trouble urinating, nausea and vomiting, drowsiness and dizziness.
We use allergy immunotherapy instead. Immunotherapy is the desensitizing phase of allergens, that patients show a reaction to during the test. These allergens are introduced into the system in very small increments. The immune system creates antibodies against these allergens to produce desensitization. With allergy immunotherapy patients can get the benefits they need without the constant use of antihistamines and other medications.
What is an allergy?
The body’s immune system normally protects against harmful substances such as bacteria and viruses, but it also reacts to less harmful foreign substances called allergens. To most people, these allergens do not cause problems. To a person with allergies, however; the immune response is oversensitive. An allergy is an exaggerated immune response to an otherwise benign foreign substance. One out of every five American suffers from either environmental, food or chemical allergies.
The most common food allergens are:
- Cow’s milk
- Cane sugar
- Tree nuts
The most common environmental allergens include:
- Pollen (from trees, weeds and grasses)
- Dust mites
- Animal dander
Chemical sensitivities may include:
- Cigarette smoke
- Auto exhaust
- Cleaning agents
- Other household chemicals