Allergy Care Center

Allergy Care Center

Attention allergy sufferers: long-term allergy relief IS possible! Our allergy protocol treats more than just your symptoms, we treat your allergies. Our onsite allergy clinic makes it convenient to get tested, get treated, and get to feeling better! Allergies are no fun. 40% of children suffer from allergic rhinitis (allergies) and are at risk of developing asthma, which results in 10.5 million lost days of school each year.

We are all familiar with the typical allergy symptoms: sniffling, sneezing, congestion, itchy eyes, sore throat… but did you know that allergies can also be the culprit behind fatigue, trouble focusing, depression, memory problems, slowed thinking, ear infections, and dark circles/puffiness under the eyes?

Our allergy clinic is here to help. The first step in taking control of your allergies is conducting an allergy test. For example, it is important to know if you are allergic to your cat, or the grass that your cat has been outside rolling around in. Once we know what is causing your allergies, we can explore avoidance techniques, oral medications or immunotherapy (a long-term solution).

The gold standard of allergy testing, the Skin Pick Test, is non-invasive and not painful. The testing device gently abrades the skin’s surface with the allergens being tested for, results develop in about 15 minutes. A positive test will appear as a raised, red bump on the skin, similar to a mosquito bite.

The benefits of immunotherapy include enjoying life without the daily dependence on over-the-counter allergy medicine, long-term results (it is the only disease modifying treatment for allergies), and a decreased chance of developing allergic asthma or reducing the severity of existing allergic asthma.

For an appointment call your doctor at 806-665-0801.

What are allergies?

Allergies can be defined as an adverse reaction to allergens by the immune system. Allergies can cause persistent symptoms such as:

  • Fatigue
  • Runny/Stuffy Nose
  • Sore Throat
  • Itchy/Watery Eyes
  • Sneezing

How long does an allergy test take?

Your allergy test appointment will take approximately 30-60 minutes. Once the test has been administered it takes about 15 minutes for positive results to appear.

Who can be tested?

Children over the age of two can be tested in our allergy center. This is an especially helpful diagnostic tool for patients who suffer with allergic asthma, allergic bronchitis, allergic conjunctivitis, chronic cough, atopic dermatitis, insect allergy, allergic rhinitis, sinusitis, urticaria (hives) and angioedema (swelling that affects deeper layers of the skin).

Which allergens will I be tested for?

You will be tested for 48 allergens specific to our geographical location, both seasonal and perennial. We test for trees, grasses, weeds, animals and insects.

We do not test for food or stinging insect-related allergies.

Are the allergy test and treatment covered by insurance?

Yes, most insurance plans will cover allergy testing and treatment. Your insurance policies will be verified prior to testing.

How is an allergy test performed?

The gold standard of allergy testing, the Skin Pick Test, is non-invasive and not painful. The testing device gently abrades the skin’s surface with the allergens being tested for, results develop in about 15 minutes. A positive test will appear as a raised, red bump on the skin, similar to a mosquito bite.

Is it effective for children?

Yes, in addition to being 85% - 95% effective, allergen immunotherapy has been shown to prevent the development of allergic asthma.