|AR Texas Pediatrics | 281-484-7619|
|11914 Astoria Blvd, Suite 450, Houston, 77089 TX|
|800 Bonaventure Way, Suite 133, Sugar Land, 77479 TX|
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AR Texas Pediatrics is pleased to offer effective and convenient allergy testing and immunotherapy that treat the vast majority of patients with seasonal and perennial allergies. An in-office Clinical Allergy Technician/Specialist (CAT/CAS) under the provider’s direct supervision performs the test, analysis and perform dilutions for immunotherapy treatments. A customized treatment program based on proprietary protocols provides the best individual patient treatment outcomes.
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How is the allergy test performed, and is it painful?
The allergy test is not painful. A multiple headed percutaneous test devise gently pricks or abrades the skin’s surface. After the test is performed, it takes about 15 minutes to develop. A positive test will appear as a raised, red bump on the skin, similar to a mosquito bite.
How long does the allergy test take?
The test takes approximately 30 minutes to administer and 15 minutes to register the results – so you don’t have to wait long to learn the possible cause of your allergies.
Who can be tested?
Adults and children over the age of two years can be tested for allergies. This is especially helpful for patients who suffer with allergic asthma, allergic pneumonitis, conjunctivitis, undiagnosed cough, atopic dermatitis (skin irritation), insect allergy, rhinitis, sinusitis, allergic urticaria (hives) and angioedema (similar to hives, but beneath the skin).
Which allergens will be tested for?
You will be tested for the most frequent geographically specific seasonal and perennial allergens in your area. We will test for products from dust mites, proteins from pet hair and dander, trees, grass and weed pollens, molds and cockroach allergens. UAS does not test or treat for food or stinging insect related allergies.
What is immunotherapy?
Allergen immunotherapy is a form of treatment aimed at decreasing your sensitivity to substances called allergens. Immunotherapy involves introducing increasing amounts of an allergen to a patient over several months.
How long will I have to be on immunotherapy?
The course of immunotherapy varies by individual. The initial full course of immunotherapy is one to three years, but symptom relief can and often occurs after one year of therapy. Completing three to five years of therapy has shown long-term benefits.
How soon will I see results from immunotherapy?
Relief from allergies varies by individual, however, relief can occur within the first few months of therapy.
What if I am currently taking antihistamines?
In order to achieve the most accurate test results, you should discontinue any antihistamines, over-the-counter or prescription, for at least three days or longer depending on the medication prior to allergy testing. You may safely resume the use of antihistamines once you begin immunotherapy.
What are the benefits of allergy testing and immunotherapy?
One in five people suffer from symptomatic allergies. These symptoms can vary greatly from minor discomfort to severe disability. The cost of allergies can be significant when factoring in lost productivity and days off from work and school. Combined with expensive drugs that serve only to mask the symptoms, the average cost to patients can be upwards of $2,000 per year. *
Is immunotherapy effective in eliminating allergies?
Yes, immunotherapy is very effective in greatly decreasing or even eliminating the symptoms of allergies. Up to 85%* receive a complete cure or a noticeable reduction in allergy symptoms.