Macon Medical Pain Center Allergy Program partnered with American Allergies
When getting started with an allergy program at the Macon Medical Center, you will be asked to stop taking your over the counter and prescription medications prior to your visit. Some drugs may interfere with results of your tests. If you have any questions regarding medication you may be taking, please contact our nurse.
The first step is to conduct a skin test/allergy test to determine your specific allergens. A skin test is a simple procedure that is best described as tiny scratches made on the surface of the skin on your back. The scratches are conducted with a small instrument which contains trace amounts of a single allergen. If you are allergic to a substance, small mosquito bite-like bump will appear. From the test results, we can determine what you are allergic to and the severity of your allergies. Because everyone has specific allergic triggers, knowing what you are allergic to allows us to formulate a custom blend of antigens for you.
When starting immunotherapy, patients will typically have two injections per week for up to three months during buildup to maintenance dose. Then injections can be switched to our HOME CARE PLAN. Most patients will be placed on the home care plan and are trained to perform their shots at home. Patients return to the office one time per month to pick up their monthly supply of antigens and needles. The home care plan is designed to help the patient maintain a convenient and consistent schedule of injections. Building up the immune system takes time and usually requires three years of the immunotherapy. After three years most patients no longer need to continue their immunotherapy injections. When do your symptoms start to abate? (most people experience improvement during the first six months of injections, some even report a reduction in their symptoms in the first month.
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