Nationwide, around 20 percent of Americans suffer from some type of allergy. Boca Raton, FL offers a warm climate and lush vegetation nearly year round. The abundance of plant life can also lead to heightened allergy symptoms for many local residents. These are all reasons we offer customized treatments for allergies.
A simple test performed at our clinic can quickly and effectively determine which allergens are causing your symptoms. Understanding which allergens are affecting you is a key step toward allergy relief. Once Dr. Bradford Ress or one of our skilled specialists diagnoses the cause of your allergies, a special treatment plan will be developed. The vast majority of our patients respond positively to our treatments. If you are ready to begin finding relief from allergies, contact our office online or call (561) 353-7377.
How Do Allergy Tests Reveal Which Allergen Is Affecting Me?
Allergy testing is safe for children and adults. During your test and under the close supervision of an allergy specialist, multiple small pricks will be made on the surface of your skin (usually on the back or forearm). A drop of a suspected allergen is then applied to the broken surface of your skin.
The allergens may include:
After a short period of time (usually 20 minutes), redness or swelling will occur near the allergens that you have a specific allergy to. One of our allergy specialists will take note of which substances will require treatment. Blood tests can also test for allergic reactions, but this testing is usually more expensive. You may be asked to undergo a follow-up test to confirm the results and to measure the degree of your sensitivity to an allergen. Once the cause of your allergies has been confirmed, a customized treatment plan will be developed.
Customized Treatment Options for Allergies
Allergy shots (subcutaneous immunotherapy) are the most commonly used form of allergy immunotherapy. The treatments are proven to be safe and effective. The shots actually change the immune system and can be life changing or even life saving for some individuals.
Subcutaneous immunotherapy consists of injections that are given regularly and over a period of three to five years. Each shot injects a small amount of an allergen into your body. The injections are measured to introduce just enough of the allergen to stimulate your immune system without causing a full-blown allergic reaction. As your sensitivity to an allergen decreases, your dosage will be lowered. By the end of your treatment period, your allergy symptoms will be minimal or even non-existent.
You may be a good candidate for allergy shots if you:
Having inadequate results from allergy medications
Are unable to use allergy medications
Desire a long-term solution to your allergy symptoms
Are allergic to insect stings
Allergy shots are very effective at treating:
Allergic reactions to insect stings
Grass and ragweed allergies
Find Relief From Allergies Using Our Customized Treatments
Millions of Americans have come to experience the relief that allergy shots offer. To schedule a consultation or treatment at our Boca Raton, FL clinic, contact our office online or call (561) 353-7377. Once we are able to identify your specific allergy triggers, we will customize a treatment to meet your needs and desensitize your allergies.