Spring is right around the corner which means that seasonal allergies are upon us! You may have already noticed some of the physical signs of allergies such as coughing, sneezing, itchy eyes, a runny nose, a scratchy throat, and headaches.

According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (2016), approximately 50 million people in the United States have some nasal allergies {http://www.aafa.org/page/allergy-facts.aspx]. Allergic disease, including asthma, is the fifth leading chronic disease in the U.S. in people of all ages. Asthma is the third most common chronic disease in children under 18 years old [American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. Allergy Facts. http://acaai.org/news/facts-statistics/allergies (Retrieved April 8, 2015)].

Here at Apple Health and Wellness we have a solution!

We are partnered with Allergy 1-2-3 (http://www.allergy123.com), an allergy treatment program designed with patients in mind. Instead of coming into the office twice a week for costly allergy shots, the treatment serum can be administered at home on your schedule. Treatment is a simple three step process:

  1. Test: One simple 15 minute test will identify 58 of the most common allergens. This stage of treatment is obligation free. You can test and find out what you are allergic to and then choose whether to go through with treatment or not.
  2. Diagnosis: Once we have your results we can determine which allergens are the worst. Possible patients eligible for allergy testing include those suffering from asthma (must be well controlled), chronic cough, sinusitis, allergic rhinitis, and conjunctivitis.
  3. Treatment: Patients are taught to do self-injections with a small diabetic needle in our office under the supervision of our Nurse Practitioner. Then, after the patient is comfortable with self-injecting, the patient will receive enough serum to perform injections at increasing doses at 6 week intervals until maintenance dose is achieved. Patients self-administer subcutaneous (under the skin) doses 2 times a week for 12 months. After the 12 month program the patient is retested. The goal of immunotherapy is to see a reduction of allergen reaction with the second test.

This program is immunotherapy at its best! Our team only uses the highest quality serum to ensure the best possible results. It is designed so that patients continue to take daily anti-histamine so that they will not suffer from allergy symptoms while the body is building up antibodies to the allergens. Also, costly copays are minimized because the patient only needs to check in with the Nurse Practitioner every six-seven weeks. It is ideal for business travelers who cannot commit to an office-based immunotherapy schedule, children (5 and up) who cannot afford to miss school twice a week for shots, individuals living in rural areas where there is not an allergist, or anyone who says they do not have the time or money for allergy treatments.

Allergy 1.2.3 is covered by most insurance providers and can be done right here in our office. Call us a 865.691.3155 to schedule your allergy test today.

Written by Jessica Cantwell, FNP-BC

Western Ave. / I-640

4307 Ball Camp Pike
Knoxville, TN 37921
Office: (865) 524-1234
Fax: (865) 524-2169

Monday: 8am - 5:30pm
Tuesday: 7am - 5:30pm
Wednesday: 7am - 11:30am
Thursday: 7am - 5:30pm
Friday: 7am - 5:30pm
Saturday: 8am - 11am
Sunday: Closed

Cedar Bluff

312 Prosperity Drive
Suite 101
Knoxville, TN 37923
Office: (865) 691-3155
Fax: (865) 694-8093

Monday: 8am - 5:30pm
Tuesday: 7am - 5:30pm
Wednesday: 2pm - 5:30pm
Thursday: 8am - 5:30pm
Friday: 7am - 5:30pm 312 Prosperity Drive
Suite 101
Knoxville, TN 37923
Office: (865) 691-3155
Fax: (865) 694-8093