Asked Questions


How can I tell if I have a cold or allergies?

Common allergy symptoms include: sneezing, runny nose, congestion, itchy, watery eyes and sometimes dark circles under the eyes. One way to tell if your symptoms are related to a cold or allergies are if your symptoms last longer than 10 days. If so, it’s usually allergies.

Also, general aches and pains and fever are symptoms that are never associated with allergies. Staying indoors to avoid pollen, staying away from conditions that stir up pollen (like fresh cut lawns) and planning outdoor activities later in the afternoon when grass pollen is lower can help manage allergy symptoms.

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What can I do to minimize my allergy symptoms?

Staying indoors to avoid pollen, staying away from conditions that stir up pollen (like fresh cut lawns) and planning outdoor activities later in the afternoon when grass pollen is lower can help manage allergy symptoms.

If you're outdoors for a long period of time, shower and change into new clothes when returning inside. If you have a furred pet, frequently bathe or wipe them down to help keep the pollen from coming indoors. Make sure to change your air filters in your home and keep your windows shut.

If you're affected by persistent allergies, immunotherapy can improve your immunity to allergies in addition to relieving symptoms.

Does mold really affect my allergies?

Yes! Many people are allergic to mold and don’t even realize it.  If you have allergy symptoms year-round, or they get worse in damp weather, you might be allergic to mold.

Mold allergies can flare all year long, causing sneezing, runny, stuffy nose, watery eyes or itchy eyes and throat, and cough. It can also worsen asthma symptoms. Immunotherapy is an effective option for long-term relief.

What happens if I don't treat my allergies?

Untreated allergies can lead to a variety of secondary infections, like ear infections, sinus infections and other inflammatory problems that can include eczema, sinusitis and asthma.

Moods are also affected by allergies. Anxiety and depression can be triggered from the lack of sleep and ongoing symptoms. It's important to seek treatment when symptoms are first noticed.

How do I know if my child has allergies?

Allergic tendencies are often passed genetically from parents to children, although it can take months or years for an allergy to develop after initial exposure. Each child has a certain amount of exposure that must occur before an allergen causes a reaction. In most cases, seasonal allergies to pollen and grass usually don’t begin until a child is about three or four.

Most children’s allergies will respond to over-the-counter antihistamines, decongestants and prescription nasal sprays. However, we see many kids who don’t improve until they are treated with allergy immunotherapy.

How much does allergy testing cost?

The amount you pay out-of-pocket for allergy testing can vary, depending on these four factors: your deductible, co-pay, co-insurance, and in-network providers.

We also offer self-pay rates of$695 for adult allergy testing and $400 for children (ages 18 mos-10 yrs). Food allergy testing is $400 for both children and adults. We offer payment plans, and we accept CareCredit as well. Please note that we do not accept cash payments.

For more information, please visit our allergy test pricing page.

Allergy Drops

How do allergy drops work?

Low doses of allergens are placed under the tongue where they’re absorbed by the body. Over time, the body will build up a tolerance to these allergens, lessening or completely eliminating the allergic reaction.

Are allergy drops as effective as allergy shots?

Yes! In a head-to-head study, both allergy drops and allergy shots were similarly effective. They’ve been endorsed by the World Health Organization, and many studies show that they're effective at reducing allergy symptoms, asthma symptoms, and the development of new allergies.

Can I be on environmental allergy drops and food allergy drops at the same time?

Yes. You just have to wait 20 minutes between the different types of treatment.

Are allergy drops safe?

Yes. Allergy drops are extremely safe. Recent studies show that the risk of severe reactions with drops is approximately 1 per 100,000,000.

Is there a chance of a severe reaction at home from taking the drops?

It's extremely rare to have any severe reaction. The latest studies show the rate at one per 100,000,000. There have been some reactions reported, but all resolved positively.

Can children get allergy tested and take allergy drops?

Yes! We test children as young as four months for food allergies, and ages two and up for environmental allergies. Patients under two years will have a limited testing panel. Patients ages two and up and eligible for allergy drops. You can request an appointment for pediatric allergy testing here.

Will you accept my insurance?

We accept most major health insurance plans, including Scott & White. We also accept most Medicare and Medicaid plans.

Are allergy drops covered by insurance?

Typically, the drops themselves are not covered by insurance. However, more and more employers are starting to add this as a covered benefit.

How much do allergy drops cost?

We offer three different pricing plans, which you can view here.


What are the benefits of taking allergy drops?

Safe & Effective

Allergy drops are clinically effective as proven in multiple, worldwide studies.

Allergy drops cost less than it would cost to take a daily over-the-counter allergy medication or nasal spray.

Allergy drops can be taken at home or on the go. No more taking time off work to get an allergy shot!

Allergy drops are painless and easy to take.