For Primary Care Physicians: Add Allergy Treatment to Your Services

If you are a primary care physician, you probably see many allergic patients walk in the door of your practice. Allergies affect 1 in 5 Americans. And while allergies manifest in many predictable ways—a runny or congested nose, sneezing, and itchy eyes—they can also cause lesser-known symptoms. Allergies may trigger headaches, fatigue, chronic sinus and ear infections, eczema, asthma, gastrointestinal distress, and more.

Primary Care Physicians Allergy Treatment

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Prescription medications are often the opening salvo in the war against allergies. You may prescribe antihistamines, decongestants or corticosteroids. These drugs can take the edge off of seasonal allergies, but some patients complain that they do not offer full relief. And many of these medications come with side effects. Antihistamines can cause sedation, depression, and heart palpitations. Decongestants have been linked to seizures, difficulty breathing, and irregular heart rhythms. Corticosteroids can cause yeast infections, acne, and bone loss.

Turnkey Allergy Treatment Program

If your patients are unhappy with the side effects of medications, or if the medications are not providing adequate relief, you may refer a patient out for allergy treatment. Allergy immunotherapy is the only treatment that has been shown to reduce the underlying allergy—not just its symptoms. Allergy immunotherapy can provide long-term relief instead of simply a band-aid fix.

But rather than referring patients out for allergy immunotherapy and losing continuity of care, you can now offer a turnkey allergy treatment program in your practice. Our AllergyEasy program is easy to implement and allows you to order environmental and food allergy test kits. You can then prescribe sublingual immunotherapy, which is a shot-free form of allergy immunotherapy. With sublingual immunotherapy, patients can dispense liquid allergy drops under the tongue where they can absorb into the bloodstream through special cells in the mouth. Sublingual immunotherapy is safer than shots and can be dosed at home.

According to a recent Medscape Business Magazine article, two-thirds of people with allergies would prefer to receive treatment from their primary care physician than from an allergist. It’s a win for patients, who can get allergy treatment from a familiar doctor in a known setting. It’s also a win for doctors who can expand their services and increase their medical practice revenue.

Contact AllergyEasy to find out how you can add environmental and food allergy treatment to your services.

About The Author

Stuart H. Agren, M.D.

Stuart H. Agren, M.D. completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Utah and went on to earn his Doctor of Medicine from Tulane University School of Medicine in 1974. He completed additional training at L.D.S. Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah and then established his private medical practice starting in 1975. Dr. Agren completed a mini-residency in Industrial Medicine at the Robert Johnson School of Medicine at Rutgers University and also completed training to become a certified Medical Review Officer.

Dr. Agren was the Medical Director at TRW and McDonnell Douglas in Mesa, Arizona and at Stauffer Chemical and Kennecott Copper in Salt Lake City, Utah. He also served as an adjunct faculty member at Arizona State University.

In his private medical practice, Dr. Agren specialized in family practice and allergy. In his work as a private practice allergist, he was one of the first doctors in the country to prescribe sublingual immunotherapy to his patients as an alternative to subcutaneous immunotherapy (allergy shots). He has also been a trailblazer in the field of food allergy treatment and research, developing a program to treat multiple food allergies simultaneously using sublingual immunotherapy. Dr. Agren has been featured on local CBS, NBC, and ABC news affiliates and won the peer-nominated “Top Doc” award from Phoenix Magazine.

After 20 years in private practice, Dr. Agren became the Founder and President of AllergyEasy, which helps primary care physicians around the country offer allergy testing and sublingual immunotherapy treatment to their patients. Over 200 physicians in over 32 states use the AllergyEasy program to help their patients overcome environmental and food allergies and asthma.