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Frequently Asked Questions

What will happen in my first visit?

           Your first appointment will allow us to gather vital information in treating your condition. 

           Please print and fill out the forms and bring them with you.

How long is an initial new patient visit?      

           Expect to stay up to 2 hours for a new patient visit with allergy testing                            An examination room

What do we allergy test for?

         - Inhalants (cat, dog, dust mites, pollens, molds)

         - Foods

         - Insects (fire ant, hornet, yellow jacket, wasp, bee)

         - Penicillin


Can my child go back to school after allergy testing?


         Yes, your child can go back to school.  There are no restrictions after testing.


Can I take allergy injections at home?


It is not recommended, based on published practice parameters, that allergy vaccine  injections be

          done outside a medical facility.  In the unlikely event of a reaction to the injection, immediate

          assessment and treatment can be given in a doctor’s office.


Does everyone in Louisiana have allergies?


No, although it can seem that it’s true!  About 1 in 5 people suffer with allergic disease, such as allergic rhinitis (nasal allergy), allergic

          conjunctivitis (eye allergy), asthma, eczema, or food allergy.


Will allergy shots help my allergy symptoms?


          Allergy shots (termed “vaccines” or “immunotherapy”) has been proven to significantly improve allergic rhinitis, allergic conjunctivitis, and

          allergic asthma.  This is the only form of allergy treatment that is “disease modifying.”


             How long are allergy shots?


          Typically, 3 to 5 years


Do I outgrow asthma?


          Possibly. Approximately 50% of children with asthma with go into remission.  About 50% of the group that goes into remission can have

          asthma return as an adult.


How is allergy testing performed?   


          Allergy testing can be performed in two different ways: skin puncture/prick testing and blood testing. The testing method and number of tests

          will be determined by Dr. Ben Close at your initial visit.