Don’t wait for an emergency. Prevent it. Search for a local medical provider who can talk you through your allergy testing and treatment options.
If you’re looking for a local allergist, you’re in the right place.
- Use the locator above to search your surrounding area. Insert any zip code and adjust the search radius to fit your needs.
- If you have medical insurance, check to see which of the providers are in your network.
- Your insurance may require a referral. If so, work with your primary care physician to receive a referral to your preferred allergist.
Here are three simple tips to make this call an easy one.
- Grab Your Insurance Card: Before calling, make sure to have your insurance card in reach. The provider’s office can verify if they are in-network and any copays you may have.
- Write Down Your Questions: It’s easy to forget your questions once you’re on the phone! Take a couple of minutes to write them down. Leave some space between each question so you can jot down the answers for safekeeping.
- Open Your Calendar: If you decide to schedule an appointment, you will need to check your calendar. Opening it before calling will save you time and stress.
Allergists rely on two key bits of information when determining a bee sting allergy: your history and your test results. You can expect a medical professional to ask you about your previous stings. Be prepared to share your experience! Write down your symptoms along a general timeline, if you can. Any information you can provide will be helpful.
There are two types of allergy testing: blood and skin testing. Both tests have their pros and cons, but allergists do tend to favor skin testing. You can always ask the allergist’s office about what to expect. Some questions you may have are:
- How long do you expect the testing to take?
- Is there anything I should do (or not do) prior to testing?
- Can you describe your process for skin testing?
By asking your questions ahead of time, you can feel prepared for your appointment.
Venom immunotherapy is a proactive treatment for bee sting allergies. It can reduce the risk of severe allergic reaction by up to 98%!3 If you’re wondering whether this treatment is right for you, don’t hesitate to ask. An allergist can help you make an informed decision based on your test results.