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The advantages of offering allergy testing at a general practice

According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), roughly 50 million people in the United States suffer from allergies, a number that appears to be rising and may affect as many as 30 percent of adults and 40 percent of children. Because allergies are so common and can be responsible for numerous skin, lung and autoimmune conditions, many patients would benefit from having easier access to allergy tests and treatments.

Where once patients had to be referred to a specialist, breakthroughs in medical technology and allergy testing have made it much more accessible, especially for family practice and primary care physicians to offer thorough and cost-effective allergy testing.

The allergy testing program offered by Medical Device Depot includes everything you need for a point-of-care allergy “scratch” test. This is the gold standard when it comes to allergy testing, and is commonly performed in general practitioner offices around the country.  Administered in a matter of minutes, any technician or MA simply apply’s a set of applicators to a patients back with a small amount of allergens.  After 15 minutes, the test yields results and the patient has a few different options for long-term treatment and desensitization.

To get started, an initial order of 25 patients worth of supplies is all that is necessary.  This includes master test applicators for 25 patients, antigens, measuring instruments, material for patient education and sample treatment sets. This is everything needed for a turn-key program, backed with full clinical support.

In addition to providing testing and treatment procedures, the program includes ongoing training and consulting services that allow the program to be fitted to your practice

What Type of Allergy-Testing Device Should Your Practice Have?

Whether it is due to genetics or environment, numerous people develop allergies at some point in their life. Allergies affect more than 50 million people every year, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI). While it isn’t always easy to identify a clear-cut cause behind the allergies, there should always be a clear-cut answer to which allergies a patient has. Allergies are known to cause everything from a runny nose to anaphylactic shock, so it is vital that all allergens are properly discovered, treated and maintained.

The best way to test for allergies is through a skin test. There are three different types of skin tests, and these include scratch tests, intradermal tests and patch tests.

Scratch allergy-testing devices like the Medical Device Depot Allergy Testing Kit allow you to introduce a small amount of common allergens to patients skin using a special tool. These are the most common tests and are easy to use and monitor. The comprehensive kits come with skin test applicators for 20 tests, an antigen for approximately 150 tests, patient education and result forms, measuring devices and sample treatment sets. Scoring and monitoring results for these tests are simple yet very effective, not to mention necessary for patients who suffer from allergies.

Keeping patients aware of potentially dangerous allergens is an important part of your role. While you should give patients who test positive for allergies plenty of information surrounding their diagnosis, it may help to have an allergies chart or other visual aid in the exam room so patients can better understand their allergies