It’s Not Them, It’s You
Every time you visit your crazy cat-lady friend, you leave her house a wheezy, sniffling, itchy mess. You find yourself stocking up on Kleenex for the inevitable cold you get every year for three straight weeks in May. Your throat felt kinda weird the last time you threw down too many shrimp at that fancy all-you-can-eat brunch buffet.
But it’s nothing, right? Wrong. These could all be signs of allergies. They could also be signs your friend needs an intervention on her housekeeping practices and that maybe 47 shrimp is too many for one person, no matter that the sign says all you can eat.
Seasonal allergies are caused by small particles of dust, pollen or mold that are present in the air, which enter the nose as you breathe. If your eyes won’t stop watering and itching and you find yourself sneezing uncontrollably during your morning run through the park, you may be allergic to one of the million different things present in our environment. A person who has allergies will experience inflammation in the lining of the nose because the body thinks that something dangerous has arrived for dinner and plans to stay in the guest room indefinitely.
Pet allergies are caused by reactions to the proteins in the skin cells, saliva or urine of animals. You can protest all you want that your precious little woogy woogums wouldn’t make anyone suffer, no he wouldn’t, he’s a good doggie, isn’t he, ISN’T HE? But you would be wrong. You can be allergic to any animal with fur, but the most common allergies are to dogs and cats.
Although downing a six-pack and a bucket of wings might give you gut-rot (and lead you to question your life choices), it’s not the same as a true food allergy. You can be gluten or lactose intolerant and not be “allergic” to those offending items. Research has shown that between four and six percent of American children and three to five percent of all adults have true food allergies. So stop claiming you’re allergic to milk when you get a tummy-ache after eating a pint of Ben and Jerry’s in one sitting.
But when it comes to actual food allergies, 90 percent of cases in the United States are caused by one of the following: peanuts, soybean, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, wheat, egg and milk.
Are Allergy Symptoms Bringing You Down?
Symptoms that usually prompt allergy testing include:
- Chest and nasal congestion, coughing or wheezing
- Sinus infections every year at the same time – like clockwork
- Spring-time colds
- Itchy or watery eyes, runny nose
- Itchy skin or eczema.
- Vomiting or cramping and diarrhea after eating certain foods
- Anaphylaxis (a severe, breathing-related allergic reaction)
- Allergy-induced asthma.
Allergy symptoms may affect the nasal passages, eyes, skin, lungs, or digestive system. Itchy eyes, sneezing, stuffy nose, wheezing and hives are common reactions to allergens. Pretending you are allergic to grass so you don’t have to attend your lame family-reunion picnic at the local county park is not the same as actually being allergic to grass. Sometimes, more dangerous whole-body reactions can occur, which can cause severe hives, shortness of breath and throat-swelling. Whether you’re affected by seasonal, pet or food allergies, the team of Innovative Allergy Care professionals at Innovative Express Careare ready to work with you to provide treatment options and achieve long-lasting relief.
Immunotherapy Can Bring Relief!
Does the idea of weekly allergy shots sound as appealing as discussing politics with your extended family? We’ve come a long way, baby, and shots aren’t all we have up our sleeves. Discover all of the modern, convenient treatment options available to allergy sufferers at Innovative Allergy Care. Our team provides the latest, most modern, sophisticated and clinically-proven allergy treatment options. We are dedicated to improving your health and your overall quality of life.
Are you suffering from a cold or allergies? Find out more by emailing or calling our specialists.
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You have 3 choices:
Traditional Allergy Shots
We are innovative, it’s in our name, DUH. With traditional allergy shots, you know the drill: come in once a week and get allergy treatment at the most affordable way. There are positives and negatives.
Pro: Insurance covers shots after you meet your deductible and Innovative Express Care gets to see you every week. We love spending time with you!
Con: Making time to come into our urgent care once a week and then staying for an entire thirty minutes after the injection is a pain in the you-know-where. Literally! And ain’t nobody got time for that. Time is money, and you’d be wasting about an hour a week for one year. Also, no European countries even use allergy shots anymore. We already look stupid because we call it “soccer,” now we have to contend with being totally 1980s in our allergy treatments. GOD, why do we have to ruin everything? And don’t get us started about why insurance doesn’t cover any of the alternatives. Hopefully our insurance companies will soon begin to cover more convenient methods (like drops and toothpaste).
Allergy Drops and Allergy Toothpaste
Patients can take allergy drops—sublingual immunotherapy if you want to be all fancy—at home, without the pain of injections or the need to take time off for an office visit.
Patients can brush their teeth once a day using our individually tailored allergy toothpaste. We use a mint flavor. The only decision you need to make is whether you use the toothpaste in the morning or at night.
Allergy drops can be administered to patients as young as four months old. Due to the desire of consistently brushing teeth, we request the toothpaste be used in patients 12 and over. Because we all know 10-year-olds would rather do anything than brush their teeth. Allergy drops and toothpaste are easier for our patients and have less adverse reactions than allergy shots.
Cost with Insurance
We take many health insurances! To find out if we are in-network with your insurance, click here.
Remember, we will always tell you your estimated out-of-pocket costs (based on your deductible, co-insurance, and out-of-pocket maximum). We will call your insurance and figure out what they pay for the codes we use. We will then see what you have paid via your deductible and estimate what you’ll pay. This is done so you never get that dreaded “Surprise!” bill from the doctor’s office.
- Allergy Shots: This is generally covered by your insurance after your deductible is met. This is the most cost-effective method. It also hurts.
- Allergy Drops: Not covered by your insurance
- Allergy Toothpaste: Not covered by your insurance
Self-Pay Costs (no insurance or insurance does not cover it)
First, you need to get tested to see what you are allergic to. The self-pay cost for this is $500. If you need allergy treatment, then you have to decide if you want the shots, drops, or toothpaste.
- Allergy Testing: $500
- Allergy Shots: $1000/year
- Allergy Drops: $1250/year (not covered by your insurance)
- Allergy Toothpaste: $1600/year (not covered by your insurance)
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Effectiveness: The Benefits of Allergy Drops and Allergy Toothpaste
Allergy drops (including under-the-tongue applications) have been used for more than 100 years. In the last 30 years, research has shown that sublingual immunotherapy is safe and effective.
In a 2009 study, more than 2,300 patients who received sublingual immunotherapy experienced significant symptom relief and needed less medication for allergies and asthma. Why didn’t anyone tell us about this before now? It’s like finding out that JFK was actually killed by a lone assassin and not the mob.
Allergy drops are endorsed by the World Health Organization. For long-term relief, treatment generally takes between three and five years.
And if you need more convincing, note that in Europe, most countries only allow allergy drops and do not do any allergy shots. As they also have free health care and generous maternity leave policies, we’re siding with them on this.
The studies on toothpaste are showing even better response than allergy drops. This is probably because it is used seven days a week and is brushed into your system. It could be because people prefer the minty-fresh feeling. Who knows? There is a slight cost difference, but it may be worth it.
Clinical studies have proven allergy drops and toothpaste to be an effective alternative to allergy shots. Allergy drops are taken home and administered under the tongue by the patient, allowing them to only have to make clinical visits three to four times per year after the initial test. Allergy toothpaste is taken home and used once a day, allowing patients to come in three to four times per year.
Are You Currently Getting Allergy Shots Elsewhere?
Patients who currently take shots are able to switch to drops/toothpaste (and vice versa). It’s like moving from Wicker Park to Bucktown—your body can’t tell the difference. We typically will repeat your allergy testing prior to switching treatments.
Also, our hours are from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. We bet your allergy clinic doesn’t have that flexibility.
If you think allergy drops may be right for you, or you would like more information, email our office (email@example.com) or call us today to schedule a visit to discuss.
Interested in Making an Appointment or Finding Out More?
Email us your name, date of birth, and phone number: Allergy@InnovativeExpressCare.com
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