Frequently Asked Questions
There is NO CAPITAL INVESTMENT to physicians nor medical facilities nor will there be any excessive tasks for your staff to perform that would hinder them from their everyday responsibilities.
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. This form of testing has been around since the early 1900s and is the gold standard for identifying a patients allergies.
How is allergy skin testing performed?
The skin prick test (SPT), also referred to as the puncture or scratch test, a plastic device that barely penetrate the skin. Each device uses small traces of an allergen extract with the purpose of producing a reaction (IgE reaction). The devices are administered on the back and there is a wait time of about 15 to 20 minutes for results to physically manifest.
What do you test for?
We test for a number of environmental allergens, such as different types of pollen (tree, grass, weed, etc.), molds, dust mites, shellfish, fruits, nuts etc. Allgenic can test for up to 200 different types of environmental and food allergens.
Does testing hurt?
In regards to the skin testing, the devices used barely penetrate the skin, therefore there is no blood and the patient should feel nothing more than mild and brief discomfort.
How long does the allergy testing take?
The testing takes approximately 30 minutes. 15 minutes to administer the test and another 15 minutes to allow the allergens to manifest physically.
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 provider 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.
How soon are the patients results available?
In regards to the allergy skin test, results are visible and readily available 15 minutes after the prick test has been administered.
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.
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 to avoid and eliminate these foods from the patient’s diet.
Does insurance cover 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.
Who is responsible for the allergy and immunology center?
Our skillfully trained Certified Allergy Allgenic Technician will be responsible for the center and test administration. These obligations are performed under the direct supervision of a doctor or appropriate healthcare provider.
What does this cost the practice/doctor?
Allgenic Health and Wellness absorbs all up front expenses associated with the implementation of the allergy and immunology services. There is no upfront cost to the doctor or to the practice to begin offering these services. 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 desk space.
• Technician chair.
• Internet connection.
• Referral and standing order for each patient.
What should be expected from Allgenic’s professional team?
The utmost attention and dedication. The Certified Allergy Allgenic Technician 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’s only responsibilities are management and billing.
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.