For Physicians: The Benefits of In-office Allergy Testing

One in every five people in the U.S. has allergies. If you are a physician, you likely see patients with allergy symptoms on a regular basis. Allergies can manifest in many different ways. There are the obvious symptoms: a runny or congested nose, sneezing and itchy eyes. The list doesn’t stop there, though. There are a number of other health problems that can have their root in allergy, including asthma, hives, eczema, chronic sinus and ear infections, chronic cough, conjunctivitis, gastrointestinal problems (from food allergies), eosinophilic esophagitis, fatigue, and headaches.

Benefits of In-office Allergy Testing

Rather than referring your patients out for allergy treatment and losing continuity of care, consider treating your allergic patients in-house with a turnkey allergy treatment program. You can start by ordering an allergy test kit.

Allergy Test Kits

Allergy tests are not difficult to administer, and they can enable you to properly diagnose your patients allergies and provide an appropriate treatment plan. There are different ways to test for allergies, including blood testing and skin testing. The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology recommends skin scratch testing as the method-of-choice for the most accurate allergy testing. Skin scratch testing is also called puncture testing or percutaneous testing.

When you order a skin scratch allergy test kit, it comes with a multi-pronged device. Each prong is dipped into a different allergen extract. The prongs then penetrate the top layers of a patient’s skin. As the test develops, the skin may form red bumps or “wheals” around the penetration spots. The size of the wheals depends on the body’s sensitivity to various antigens.

The following allergy test kits are available through AllergyEasy:

  • Environmental Allergy Test Kit – includes 60 environmental allergen extracts including pollens, molds, dust, and pet dander (tests up to 1,000 patients)
  • Food Allergy Test Kit – includes 40 food allergen extracts (tests up to 1,000 patients)
  • Combination Allergy Test Kit – includes a combination of 40 of the most prevalent environmental and food allergen extracts (tests up to 400 patients)

Technicians can learn to administer the tests with about an hour of training. After that, it takes about 15 minutes to test each individual patient.

With allergies on the steady rise in America, the need for effective allergy testing will only increase. AllergyEasy can help you order an allergy test kit and learn about adopting a turnkey allergy treatment program as well.

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.