Hospital launches new allergy testing program
Faith Community Hospital is offering a new service for allergy sufferers.
Chief Medical Officer Dr. Robert Cooper told the Jack County Hospital District Board about Allergy 1-2-3 during its meeting last week.
He said the latest professional literature suggests allergy testing is a good health care value for many patients.
“If anybody gets sick on a regular basis — asthma, COPD, allergic rhinitis, chronic sinus problems, any type that requires repetitive doctor visits or hospital admissions, what they’re finding more and more is that allergens are exacerbating these,” Cooper said.
The new service offers allergy testing which can be performed during a regular clinic visit. The doctor said it’s no longer the painful grid of injections on the back performed by a specialist.
“They’re basically little skin pricks. It’s not painful at all,” Cooper said. “It just pushes on your skin, preferably just the arm. It’s like the blunt end of a paper clip; you can feel it, but it’s not sharp.”
Results are available at the time of the test. If the patient chooses, a yearlong desensitization serum is prescribed.
To read the complete article, see the March 6 edition of the Herald-Gazette.