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Allergy Testing

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We provide allergy testing and Immunotherapy treatment to alleviate or eliminate your allergy symptoms.

A new solution for allergy sufferers

If you currently use over-the-counter and prescription allergy relief aids, you know that they can have uncomfortable side effects. You also know that they don’t address the underlying cause of your symptoms. That’s why you should learn more about our precision allergy testing and a new customized therapy that could help you say goodbye to your allergies forever.

At Bestcare, we now provide a new kind of custom therapy designed to resolve your allergy itself — not just the symptoms!

It’s called Immunotherapy and it really works. The technique utilizes unique, custom-formulated antigens to help desensitize you to many of the pollens, molds and other triggers that cause your symptoms and make you uncomfortable. This desensitization therapy can allow you to be around those allergens—believe it or not... without having an allergic reaction or symptoms!

With minimal continued maintenance, Immunotherapy can free you from the suffering of allergies for a lifetime.

First of all, we will perform an easy skin test to pinpoint your specific allergies.

Skin testing is the oldest and most reliable form of allergy testing. Used for over 100 years, skin testing continues to be the “gold standard” for diagnosing allergic disease.

This testing is not painful. A tiny comb gently scratches or abrades the skin surface. After the test is performed, it takes only about 15 minutes to develop. A positive test will appear as a raised, red itchy bump on the skin, like a mosquito bite.

The skin test reveals allergic disease in miniature. For example, if you think you are allergic to cats, the test will show it. The test helps people see (and feel) a positive allergy to cat dander. You will be tested for the 50 most geographically specific allergens in the North Texas area. We will test for products from dust mites, proteins from pet hair and dander, trees, grass and weed pollen, molds and much more. This educational experience is much more dramatic for the patient than a printed blood test report revealing a positive cat allergy test.

Test results are available within 15 minutes of testing, so you don’t have to wait long to learn the cause of your allergies.

Adults and children over the age of two can be tested for allergies. This is especially helpful for patients who suffer with asthma, allergic pneumonia, conjunctivitis (pink eye), undiagnosed cough, dermatitis (skin irritation), insect allergy, rhinitis, sinusitis, urticaria (hives) and angioedema (similar to hives, but beneath the skin).

How does Immunotherapy work?

Allergen Immunotherapy is a form of treatment designed to help you develop a tolerance for allergens by decrease your sensitivity to them. This is done over several months using increasing amounts of the allergen so you can enjoy a more comfortable, better quality of life.

How is the allergy test performed, and is it painful?

The testing is not painful. A tiny comb gently scratches or abrades the skin 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 testing take?

The testing takes approximately 30 minutes- 15 minutes to administer and 15 minutes to register the results- so you don’t have to wait long to learn the cause of your allergies.

Who can be tested?

Adults and children over the age of 2 years can be tested for allergies. This is especially helpful for patients who suffer with asthma, allergic pneumonia, conjunctivitis (pink eye), undiagnosed cough, dermatitis (skin irritation), insect allergy, rhinitis, sinusitis, urticaria (hives) and angioedema (similar to hives, but beneath the skin).

Which allergens will be tested for?

You will be tested for the 50 most geographically specific mold and airborne allergens in your area. We will test for products from dust mites, proteins from pet hair and dander, molds, trees, grass and weed pollens. The test does not detect food allergies.

How long will I have to be on immunotherapy?

The course of immunotherapy varies by individual. The initial course of immunotherapy is one year, but full allergen immunity can take anywhere between two and five years.

How soon will I see results from immunotherapy?

Relief from allergies varies by individual, but the vast majority of patients see results within the first few months of immunotherapy.

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 drugs, for at least three days prior to allergy testing.

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. Combined with expensive drugs that serve only to mask the symptoms, the average cost to patients can be upwards of $2,000 per year. And, at your physician’s discretion, immunotherapy can be performed in the comfort and convenience of your own home, eliminating the need for costly and inconvenient visits to your physician’s office.

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 noticeable reduction in allergy symptoms.

Are the testing and immunotherapy covered by insurance?

Yes, most insurance plans cover allergy testing and immunotherapy. We will verify insurance benefits prior to testing.

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