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You or a family member may be starting immunotherapy, sometimes called allergy shots. Patients frequently have questions about the injections. Many of the most common questions are addressed below. Please feel free to speak with one of our staff members if your questions are not satisfactorily answered, or if you have questions other than these. By working together, we will have the best opportunity for good results and improvement in your allergy symptoms.

  • Does the test hurt?

    No. The test utilizes a very shallow scratch that should not be painful. Do expect to be itchy during the test, though!

  • Who can be tested?

    Adults and children over age 2 can be tested. It is not recommended that patients with a history of severe anaphylactic reactions or those who are severe asthmatics be tested. Moderate asthmatics who are unmanaged by medications and pregnant or breast feeding women should also not be tested. For these individuals, a blood test is safer.

  • What is tested for?

    Allergy Labs of America tests for up to 48 geographically common, specific environmental allergens including tree, grass and weed extracts, pollen, and cat and dog dander.

  • How long will I have to be on Immunotherapy?

    Results vary from patient to patient. Full results may be as little as 9 months and as much as 3 to 5 years.

  • How soon will I see results from Immunotherapy?

    Every patient is different, but most begin to experience symptom relief after the first 60 days of the program.

  • Are the results permanent?

    In the majority of cases, once the desired level of relief has been reached the results are permanent and very few patients need ongoing maintenance.

  • What are the side effects?

    The only side effect associated with Immunotherapy is the small possibility of anaphylactic shock. This risk is extremely well managed through patient screening and medical supervision of increasing dosages of antigens. Other than that, there are no side effects.

  • Will my insurance cover this?

    Most insurance carriers—including federal programs—do cover allergy testing and Immunotherapy for up to 3 years.

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