• 1.
    What is allergy skin testing?

    Allergy skin testing refers to medical testing performed on patients that suffer from perennial allergies and seasonal allergies with symptoms ranging from itchy/watery eyes to stuffy/runny nose to wheezing and hives. This test is administered to help identify specifically what allergen(s) affects a patient. Once the allergen(s) is/are identified, treatment can be provided to bring relief to patients suffering from allergies.

  • 3.
    What am I being tested for?

    We test for a number of environmental allergens, such as different types of pollen (tree, grass, weed, etc.), molds, dust mites, etc. Allgenic tests for 70 different types of environmental allergens.

  • 5.
    How long does the allergy testing take?

    The testing takes precisely 30 minutes. 15 minutes to administer the 70 different environmental allergens and then another 15 minutes to allow the allergens to manifest physically if the patient is allergic to one or more of the allergens.

  • 7.
    Is there anything I have to do to prepare for my testing appointment?

    This test requires little to no preparation. Patients taking antihistamines should not take any five days prior to their appointment. Upon scheduling an appointment to take the test, we advise all patients to inform the nurse of any medications they are taking so that if it is a medication that may interfere with the test, you will know to avoid it prior to

  • 9.
    What’s the next step after my testing is finished?

    In regards to the allergy skin test, any allergens that cause an allergic reaction in the patient are identified immediately. Using these results, an individual treatment plan is implemented to bring relief to the patient by ordering immunotherapy to desensitize a patient from an allergen as well as limiting or avoiding the environmental allergen that cause distress. In regards to the food sensitivity/intolerance test, there are several options for treatment. The doctor will review with the patient the best treatment available but once identified, foods that tested positive for sensitivity or intolerance should be completely avoided and eliminated from the diet.

  • 11.
    Does my insurance cover allergy testing?

    Allergy testing is covered by most insurances. Before the test appointment, we will contact the patient’s insurance carrier to verify insurance coverage for the test. We then contact the patient and explain the benefits covered by your insurance and address any other questions or concerns you may have.

  • 13.
    What does this cost the Practice/Doctor?

    Allgenic Health and Wellness absorbs all expenses associated with the implementation of the allergy and immunology services. There is no cost to the doctor or to the practice. The only thing necessary for the medical facility or physician to provide is the following:
    • Medical office space.
    • 8-gallon sharp container and service.
    • Cabinet space.
    • Electrical outlets.
    • Technician/Specialist desk space.
    • Technician/Specialist chair.
    • Trashcan.
    • Internet connection.
    • Standing order of service per patient.

  • 15.
    How often are Allgenic’s professionals in the practice?

    Allgenic’s technicians and specialists are in the office depending on the patient flow. They can be in your office full-time or part-time as deemed necessary.

  • 2.
    How is allergy skin testing performed?

    The skin prick test (SPT), also referred to as the puncture or scratch test, implements a needle, or lancet, that barely penetrate the skin. Each lancet contains small traces of an allergen extract with the purpose of producing a reaction (IgE reaction). The lancets are administered on the forearm and there is a wait time of about 15 to 20 minutes for results to physically manifest.

  • 4.
    Does testing hurt?

    In regards to the skin testing, the lancets utilized barely penetrate the skin, therefore there is no blood and the patient should feel nothing more than mild and brief discomfort. In regards to the food testing, there will need to be two to five tubes of blood drawn from the patient using a routine venipuncture procedure which may result in milder pain and little to no bleeding, but brief nonetheless.

  • 6.
    Who can be tested?

    Any adult or child over the age of two can be tested. However, patients with a history of anaphylactic reactions or patients who suffer from severe asthma are not recommended to take the test. Patients with a milder or moderate asthma who do not receive medication or treatment should also not take test, as well as women who are pregnant or breast feeding. For the patients who have any of the restrictions mentioned above should inquire about blood allergy testing. .

  • 8.
    How soon will I get the results of what I am allergic to?

    In regards to the allergy skin test, results are visible and readily available 15 minutes after the prick test has been administered. However, for the food sensitivity/intolerance test, results are available anywhere from seven to ten business days.

  • 10.
    Are the results permanent?

    With proper treatment, most patients can eliminate their adverse reactions to an allergen or allergens by desensitization and thus gain relief from their allergies. However, there is no medication or cure for food sensitivities/intolerances. The best course of action would be avoid and prevent these foods from the patient’s diet.

  • 12.
    Who is responsible for the allergy and immunology center?

    Our skillfully trained Certified Allergy Allgenic Technician/Specialist will be responsible for the center and test administration. These obligations are performed under the direct supervision of a doctor or appropriate healthcare provider.

  • 14.
    What should be expected from Allgenic’s professional team?

    The utmost attention and dedication. The Certified Allergy Allgenic Technician/Specialist is responsible for the full spectrum of testing, including scheduling, insurance verification, administering the test, etc. However, our staff at our corporate office are also a proficient professional team prepared to assist and support your practice. Your staff only responsibilities are management and billing.