Testing & Treatment FAQs

What is an allergy test and how is it performed?

An allergy test determines what exactly the patient is allergic to. The most common method is a skin (prick) test and is performed by gently scratching or pricking the skin with a tiny comb. If the patient develops raised, red bumps on the skin, then that is an indication of an allergic reaction.

What is immunotherapy?

Immunotherapy is the only known disease modifying allergy therapy. It works by modifying the cellular response and its reaction to encountered allergens. Over time, immunotherapy patients will become less symptomatic when exposed to allergens. Immunotherapy is a long-term solution to allergic rhinitis with a proven efficacy of up to 85% in patients completing a three-year treatment course. Standard immunotherapy is delivered by injection – you may have heard of it referred to as allergy shots. The goal of immunotherapy is to build up the immune system’s sensitivity to a protein by regular exposure to it so that more and more of the protein is tolerated before a reaction is triggered.

How do over-the-counter drugs differ from immunotherapy?

Over-the-counter drugs only temporarily mask allergy symptoms, while immunotherapy is aimed at decreasing the patient’s sensitivity to the allergens by slowly administering increasing amounts of an allergen over several months.

What are the benefits of immunotherapy?

There are many benefits to immunotherapy, including a decrease of symptoms and risk of developing allergic asthma, plus more productivity in the workplace, fewer days missed from work due to allergies and less money spent on over-the-counter medication.

Can immunotherapy eliminate allergies?

Yes, immunotherapy is known as the disease-modifying treatment for allergies. 85% of patients state that they achieve symptom relief within the first year of starting immunotherapy.

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