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Frequently Asked Questions

How can I have my prescription renewed?

In the event that you need to renew a prescription, you must be current with your office visits. We will likely not authorize a prescription renewal if we see you are overdue for an office visit.

What insurance do you accept?

We are contracted with most major medical insurance companies. For an extensive list of all the companies we are contracted with, please see our Insurance page. Our office will verify your insurance coverage prior to your first visit and we gladly file all claims to your primary insurance company. If insurance does not cover the extent of your treatment or there is a problem, please contact us as soon as possible.

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What if there is an emergency with my asthma or allergies, and your office is closed?

There is always someone on call during off-hours. If an emergency arises, please call our office at (850)-386-6680. You will provided with the contact information for the doctor on call. If there is no call back within 5 minutes, please try calling again. If it is an urgent matter, we advise that you call 911 or head to the nearest emergency room.

Why are tests necessary?

For most patients, allergy skin testing is the reason why you were referred to an allergist and why you are seeking an evaluation. It is essential to know what you are and are not allergic to in order to guide treatment decisions. You may think you are allergic to something and we may find through testing that you are not allergic. Instead, it may be a different problem. Or, we may find you are allergic to more than you thought. Once we know what you are allergic to, we can discuss how to avoid or reduce exposure to the allergens which is the foundation of treatment. Knowing the results also helps in making medication decisions and will determine if immunotherapy (allergy shots) will be a treatment option for you. Refusing to be tested makes this specialty evaluation pointless. It would be like going to the dentist complaining of tooth problems and not allowing them to look in your mouth.

What are allergy injections or immunotherapy?

Allergy injections are a common treatment given by an allergy office to aid you in your allergic symptoms. These vaccinations improve your immune system. Our injection hours are Monday through Thursday 8:00-11:30AM and 1:00-4:30PM. On Friday, no shots are given. We ask that you wait here 30 minutes after each shot.

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​How are skin tests done?

There are several different types of allergy tests. Most allergy skin tests are “scratch tests” – the skin is scratched with a small plastic “pick” which has a drop of the specific allergen on the end. It is irritating and can burn and or itch; it is not painful. Scratch tests do not involve needles or blood. The scratching may take only seconds or take a couple of minutes depending on what you are being tested for. Once the scratching is done we wait 15-20 minutes and then read the results. A positive reaction usually looks and feels like a mosquito bite. Sometimes scratch skin tests are followed by intradermal tests. These are not always necessary and depend on what is being tested. If necessary a tiny amount of allergen is injected into the skin with a very small needle. It is not like a typical “shot”. This too may itch or burn. One benefit of skin tests such as these is that the results are known before you leave the office.

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Breathing Tests

​Another type of test that we perform often are breathing tests. The most common being Pulmonary Function Tests or PFTs for short. It measures your lung function when you breathe hard into a device connected to a computer. You’ll be instructed on how to do it and coached during the test. You must breathe as hard as possible. This test is painless and most people (especially children) find the test is actually quite fun because on the computer screen there is an incentive “game” (for example: candles you are trying to blow out). You may be given a bronchodilator breathing treatment and asked to perform a subsequent breathing test after the treatment which would complete the pulmonary function testing evaluation.

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