Doctors Allergy Formula Testing

Ocular Allergy Diagnostic System

In our office, we use a Doctor’s Allergy Formula’s – a proprietary, FDA- approved diagnostic skin “scratch” test to determine your specific allergies. o. This simple, painless (shot free)s 3-minute test is covered by major medical insurance. The results of the test are read after only 15 minutes. Once we identify what you are allergic to, we can create custom treatment protocols specific to your needs.

Should I get allergy tested?

If you suffer from any of the following allergy related symptoms, then the answer is YES:

  • Itchy Eyes
  • Red/Bloodshot Eyes
  • Watery Eyes
  • Swollen Eyes
  • Dark Circles under Eyes
  • Congestion
  • Runny Nose
  • Itchy Nose
  • Flakey/Red Skin
  • Asthma

Why Should I get tested?

  • Allergies are the 5th.
  • 60 million American suffer from allergies – and 24 million have ocular allergies.
  • Many people suffer for years before being tested or even realizing that ocular allergies are the issue.
  • Allergies interfere with your day-to-day life and can result in loss of productivity, missed work or school, and an overall poo quality of life.
  • Testing with DAF is the key to finding out the cause of your eye irritation and the key to treatment of ocular allergies leading chronic disease in the U.S.

What causes an allergic reaction?

Our immune system keeps us alive by attacking dangerous germs. An allergy occurs when our immune system attacks a harmless substance, like pollen (an allergen), against something it should ignore. Allergy symptoms occur as an irritating reaction to environmental allergens, such as trees and grasses, dust, pollen, pet dander, and mold spores. This attack releases chemicals that cause allergy symptoms. The eyes are particularly sensitive to airborne allergies, which cause irritation and discomfort (dad can you elaborate a little here, maybe about how the whole system comes into play). Medication, like antihistamines, mask the symptoms but do not identify the underlying problem.

What is involved in a “Scratch” skin test?

A skin “scratch” test is a simple, non-invasive procedure that is tiny pricks that are made on your arm

The device contains small amounts of the 58 most common allergens in your area in addition to both a positive and negative control so we can objectively diagnose your particular allergies. If you are allergic to an allergen, a small mosquito bite-like bump will appear.

Because everyone is unique in what their specific allergic triggers are, knowing what you are allergic to is important for the effective treatment of allergies.

How are allergies treated?

Once the eye doctor knows the allergens that are causing your symptoms, an effective treatment plan can be recommended. These treatment plans include:

Avoidance

The “gold standard” for treating allergies. With avoidance alone, approximately 75% of patients experience fewer symptoms. Using the Allergen Resource Guide that Doctor’s Allergy Formula prepared specifically for your panel of regional allergens, you can properly identify what the patient is allergic to and determine the best methods to avoid that specific allergen.

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Pharmacotherapy

Includes oral and/or topical antihistamines, NSAIDS, and steroids. By identifying the patient’s allergies, you can determine the best treatment with medications. For example, a patient may be allergic to a seasonal allergen or one they only encounter sporadically (i.e., Bermuda grass when playing golf). This patient will typically benefit by pretreating a few days in advance with an oral antihistamine to decrease the inflammatory cascade, symptoms, and the need for additional medication.

Alternative Therapy

Many all-natural nutritional supplements have been clinically proven to be as effective as popular prescription or over-the-counter antihistimines, but without the side effects.

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Immunotherapy

Such as allergy shots – can desensitize the patient and potentiall cure the underlying allergy
Other options through DAF are available.
Please contact Howard Loff, MD, Chief Medical Officer for more information: hloffmd@drsallergy.com.