trying to decide how to manage allergy long term, it’s sometimes useful to compare
the medical illness with an automotive illness.
you handle your car? Let’s theorize that
you have a car with a radiator that leaks.
You wouldn’t wait for steam to come from under the hood before putting
water in it ( but sometimes you will
wait until allergy produces a sinus infection or asthma attack). More likely you would maintain the car with
regular check-ups and use the garden hose to keep going. If the leak is minor, you might choose
to water it “as needed”.
But it’s a daily ritual, or the car overheats, you instinctively know
something has done before damage occurs. If you are ready to work on this
problem ( whether allergy or automotive), you need some estimates.
Can you fix allergy?
Since allergy problems are in the genetic make-up, it’s not possible at this stage of science to
“fix” them like you would fix or replace
a car radiator. There is, however, a
way to consistently put allergy in
remission, sometimes for very extended periods ( 15-20 years ) with Immunization or allergy
shots. Here are the costs involved:
Time ( shots are weekly or every other
week for an initial period of six months ) Out of pocket expenses- The shots themselves cost 15-18.00 each, plus
there is vaccine material costs. It’s
our experience that insurance consistently covers the cost of the vaccine, but often balks on
covering the injection fee, requiring a “co-pay”. But you will never be exposed to more
expense that the cost of the shot. Once at final
dilution ( we start small, dilute, and work stronger) we could stretch out the shots if you
wish. If we achieve goals of
reducing allergy 50-90% over a two year
period, and if that remission lasts 12-16 years, this turns out to be a very good return on
your investment when you consider the
rising cost of drugs, x-rays and office visits.
What to do next:
we will give you a list of “CPT computer codes. You call your insurance and assess
coverage. After computing the cost and
inconvenience versus the prospect of long term remission – if you want to
proceed, we will schedule the full set of skin tests since what you had today
was a pilot only. If we are going to
try and clear this for you, we’ll need a bigger picture. Once the skin tests are complete, we can
discuss the type of allergy approach. A
Rapid or RUSH technique can being you quickly up the build up phase and cut up
to seven months off a two year program in the course of a single morning. Standard approaches build up slowly over a
six month period – but we can now do it faster. Make a list of questions – think about