Allergy Testing & Immunotherapy
Millions of people suffer from allergies. Allergies are the over reaction of the immune system to allergens that are breathed in, eaten, or touched and the body response by producing IGE antibodies to these allergens. The symptoms can present in multiple ways from sneezing, watery eyes, stomach upset/bloating, diarrhea, skin rashes to life threatening reactions.
Allergy or Sensitivity?
Allergies are an immune response trigger by the body shown with positive IGE or IGG in delayed reaction where as a sensitivity or intolerance is a reaction trigger by the digestive system upon exposure to a substance.
We perform in-office skin testing and offer advanced blood testing to check for common allergens/sensitivities and frequently over-looked causes such as spices, yeast or molds. Once an allergy or sensitivity is detected people can take anti-histamines to help decrease the symptoms or make appropriate changes to avoid the offending agent but often, this is not enough to achieve relief from the symptoms or the allergen cannot be avoided.
We offer in-office immunotherapy -which is the process using low dose allergens in an injection to desensitize the response and decrease the symptoms. More than 95% of patients who receive immunotherapy see a significant decrease in their allergy symptoms.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will insurance cover my allergy testing and shots?
This varies from plan to plan. Boat Club Medical Spa will call and verify your benefits prior to testing and inform you of the coverage.
How is the testing done?
The in-office skin testing is done on a patient’s back using plastic applicators to apply a small amount of allergen to the skin. You may briefly experience a slight pressure/stick sensation.
What should I do to prepare for the test?
Do not take any anti-histamines, allergy medication or corticosteroids for 7 days prior to testing. These can infer with the testing.
Disclaimer: Individual results may vary depending on patient body type, the number of treatments, or the duration of treatments. For additional information on procedure effectiveness and expected results please consult a member of the Boat Club Medical Spa team.