Immune system is an internal guard that protects you from intrusion of the “unwanted” proteins. It works against bacteria, viruses and parasites. For some reason (usually genetic), in some people immune system starts reacting to the normal proteins, such as pollen, pet dander, wasp venom, foods. Such abnormal response to the normal environment is called allergy.
About 100 years ago doctors noticed that giving the same “allergic” protein in injections actually restores normal response and allergy disappears. Such treatment was later called immunotherapy. Later it was extensively studied, and new scientific methods of allergen extracts and allergy injections were developed.
Before allergists were making their own extracts and using all kinds of treatment schedules and doses. Now allergists are able to use commercial standard extracts and scientifically supported protocols for allergy injections.
I heard about SLIT. Can I do sublingual drops instead of shots?
Immunotherapy can be given by drops or by shots. It works because we “trick” immune system: instead of allergic protein activating immune response in the nose , when same protein enters the body though the “back door” immune cells learn to tolerate it.
Both methods work great. They have advantages and disadvantages. So doctor can help you what is right for you. Also please read about SLIT and shots before you decide. Then talk to our office – we can find solutions to make it right for you.
Can you give my shots to my child?
Your allergy treatment plan is individually formulated. Doctor makes prescription using your history and skin test results as a guide.
That is why we cannot make your prescription without a skin test. Please read about it and schedule your visit with our clinic.
Check your insurance coverage for immunotherapy! Please talk to your insurance agent and write down or our office manager prior to signing consent. Sometimes your insurance will pay every quarter for the part of the payment. Another plan will process all payments within the first month. Unfortunately we cannot predict that.
When you sign up for the shots you become responsible for the payments determined by your insurance (including deductible, co-pays and any part of the charges that are not covered by your insurance).
Can you help me decide?
Our Office Manager is here to help. Insurance can be very confusing. Please do your ‘homework’ and call our office if you have questions. We will be able to help you.
If you are unsure about time and available appointments please check our shot schedule.
Also you can find the actual dose schedule and see for yourself how many times you will need to come in.Schedule of shots
Allergy immunotherapy is a long term commitment. But according to all our patients – it is definitely worth it! Talk to the Doctor about your hopes and concerns. She will help you to make the best decision.
WE ACCEPT PATIENTS WHO TRANSFER ALLERGY SHOTS
Welcome to our clinic! If you are moving from another State or just another city – we will be happy to continue your treatment. All you need to do is schedule your first consultation and bring the vials and paperwork with you.
You will need to complete all our forms as a new patient and fill out some papers. Sometimes your Allergist needs to send us directions and medical records. If you have it with you – great. If not – our staff will be happy to help and request record transfer.
We do not require to do skin test or restart shots from the beginning.
For Allergy Clinics:
- Please fill out all transfer paperwork and fax it to us at 510 666-0916.
- Please send the vials overnight or allow patient to carry the box in a cooler.
- If you require a release form please send it to us in advance so patients do not need to wait.
- Call us if you have any questions about our policy or schedule.