Direct Allergy Patient FAQs
How do I know if Direct Allergy’s program is for me?
Your doctor will do a thorough history and physical in order to determine if you are a candidate for allergy testing. If you are tested and have positive reactions, your physician will discuss your treatment options, including immunotherapy, with you.
How does it work?
After identifying your allergies through a simple skin analysis test, Direct Allergy develops a customized immunotherapy treatment. Treatment is provided by an FDA-Licensed manufacturer and administered by a trained healthcare professional.
What is the process?
- Evaluate – Through a simple questionnaire, your Direct Allergy nurse will evaluate the severity of your allergy symptoms.
- Diagnose – A skin test will be utilized to properly identify what you are allergic to.
- Treat – A customized immunotherapy treatment and plan will be developed if the need is indicated by the results of your skin test.
What kind of allergies can be treated?
Immunotherapy works well for pollen allergies, eye allergies, bee sting allergies and some drug allergies. In some cases, it can improve allergic rhinitis, conjunctivitis and allergic asthma symptoms.
How is immunotherapy administered?
Immunotherapy can be administered through subcutaneous (shots) or sublingual (drops received under the tongue) treatments.
How often do I need to come in for treatment?
Typically you will come in once a week for your allergy injections. This may be decreased over time by your physician.
Is immunotherapy safe?
Immunotherapy is generally considered safe. The testing and treatments are physician supervised. A local reaction to the allergy shots is the most common side effect. Please let your physician know if you have asthma or take other medications.
Is immunotherapy FDA Approved / Licensed?
Yes, the serum and injections are FDA approved. Sublingual immunotherapy, or SLIT, uses FDA approved antigens.
Will my insurance cover the testing and immunotherapy?
Yes, most insurance plans have coverage for allergy testing and treatment. Your benefits will be verified and discussed with you prior to enrollment in Direct Allergy’s program.