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Patient Questions

How do I know this program is for the patient?

Under your protocol, the nurse will conduct a pre-assessment evaluation to see if the patient is a candidate for allergy testing and treatment. If the patient is tested and has positive reactions, then you can evaluate treatment options.

How does it work?

After identifying allergies through a simple skin analysis test, a customized immunotherapy treatment is developed. Components are provided by an FDA-Licensed manufacturer and administered by the allergy nurse under your direction.

What is the process?

  1. Evaluate – Through a simple questionnaire, a nurse will evaluate the severity of the patient’s allergy symptoms, for the physician’s review.
  2. Diagnose – A skin test will be utilized to properly identify the patients allergenic response, if ordered by the physician.
  3. Treat – A customized immunotherapy treatment and plan will be developed if the need is indicated by the results of the 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.

Immunotherapy Treatment

What is Immunotherapy?

Immunotherapy is a simple and easy process developed to treat the cause, not the symptoms of allergies. After identifying the allergies through a simple skin analysis test, a customized Immunotherapy treatment is developed. The treatment is designed to change the way the body responds to allergenic substances. Through the course of the therapy, a patient receives increasingly small dosages of the allergens. Over time, the dosages will desensitize the patient’s immune system.

How is Immunotherapy administered?

Immunotherapy can be administered through subcutaneous (shots), sublingual (drops received under the tongue), or a special tooth paste treatment.

How often does the patient need to come in for treatment?

Typically, they will come in once a week for their allergy injections. Other treatments are self-administered.

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. The patient’s history for asthma and medications must be reviewed by the physician.

Is Immunotherapy FDA Approved / Licensed?

Yes, the serum and injections are FDA approved. Sublingual immunotherapy, or SLIT, uses FDA approved antigens. 

Immunotherapy Treats More than Symptoms, It Treats the Cause

Common Allergy Symptoms

Digestive System – diarrhea, stomach cramps, and vomiting

Ears – fluid in the middle ear, infections, itching, and hearing damage

Eyes – burning, itching, redness, swelling, and tearing

Lungs – coughing, chest pain, shortness of breath, and wheezing

Nose/Sinus – congestion, itching, post-nasal drop, and sneezing

Skin – hives, excessive itching, and rash

These are the common symptoms that can be evaluated by the physician or the nurse under the standing protocol.