Diagnosing & Prescribing

Diagnosing & Prescribing 2018-03-01T10:00:53+00:00

Diagnosing & Prescribing

Diagnosing:

The first step in immunotherapy is a diagnosis made by a trained and qualified healthcare professional. Immunoglobulin E (IgE) Allergy Skin Prick Testing is the most common method of diagnosing specific allergies. A very small amount of certain allergens, for example a grass pollen or animal dander, is put into the patient’s skin by making a small indentation or “prick” on the surface of the skin.

The test will identify what allergen/s a patient has adverse reactions to and to what degree. Equally as important, the test identifies what prospective allergens patients are not allergic to. If the allergy is positive, a little swelling that looks like a mosquito bite will occur where the allergen was introduced. Results are easy to read and interpret and make specific allergy diagnosis a simple procedure. Patients don’t have to wait long to find out what is triggering their allergies. Reactions occur within about 20 minutes. Skin tests are performed in a physician’s office to assure the test results are read properly and to minimize the risk of rare side effects.

Prescribing:

Once a diagnosis has been made, a patient specific treatment schedule is created to match the needs of the individual patient. Every person on this planet is unique, and no two patients’ allergies are identical. As a result, allergy immunotherapy is generally practised on a ‘named-patient’ basis, where immunotherapy serums and treatment schedules are custom designed for each specific patient. We developed our treatment schedules utilising over four decades of experience in conjunction with the latest industry Practice Parameters.

There are two methods of immunotherapy currently used to treat chronic allergies, SCIT or SLIT. The method of treatment is determined by the diagnosing healthcare professional. Treatment term typically lasts 3-5 years with symptom alleviation experienced as early as 6 months into treatment.

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