Frequently Asked Questions

Low Dose Immunotherapy comes in two treatment types

Multi-Allergy Low Dose Immunotherapy This treatment is best suited to patients with fewer or less intense allergies or intolerances, for instance, where the patient has seasonal allergic responses such as ‘hay fever’. This treatment protocol can contain up to 100 different kinds of foods or chemicals or inhalants in one application. Testing for the Multi-Allergy treatment is generally completed in half a day. Re-testing is generally completed in a matter of hours. Multi-Allergy treatment may also be used in conjunction with the targeted and individualised treatment since it can provide a ‘background’ cover for commonly encountered allergens. Personalised Low Dose Immunotherpay This treatment is for more complex cases and sensitive individuals. With the Personalised Low Dose Immunotherapy testing and treatment may focus on one particular aspects of your problems. However, experience at Breakspear Hospital has shown that in the more complex cases allergic reactions and intolerances as a general rule are a combination of factors of which patients may be unaware. For instance, in the case of delayed food reactions (this is a common response), reactions may be less obvious or simply unobserved. Whilst focusing on issues of immediate concern may assist, in the longer term, it may be more appropriate to test all currently eaten foods to ensure a better patient outcome is achieved. The inclusion of any additional items can always be added at any future testing or re-testing time. Usually, the broader the range of items tested and covered by Personalised Low Dose Immunotherapy, the better the end results for the patient. Testing times for the Personalised Low Dose Immunotherapy largely depends on the number of items chosen and how intolerant or allergic you are. Generally, testing can take several days but may take longer in complex cases.
Low Dose Immunotherapy testing is completed by registered nurses under the supervision of doctors.

How are children tested?

Our approach when testing and treating children for allergies or intolerances does not involve the use of needles. Instead, we use sublingual drops under the tongue. This means your child will have a positive experience when testing for allergies or intolerances or receiving treatment.

How often should I take Low Dose Immunotherapy?

After testing and diagnosis is completed, the Low Dose Immunotherapy preparation must be taken daily by a subcutaneous injection. All patients are instructed by the registered nurse how this is done. If you are needle phobic or a child then 3 drops must be taken daily under the tongue (sublingual). The nurse will instruct you how this is done. A safe clip will be supplied at cost to ensure a safe and hygienic way of needle disposal.

Should I return for re-testing and how long will it take?

Your sensitivity can change over time and re-testing is recommended every three months. Re-testing will assist in ensuring that your reactions are minimised and you receive the full benefit of the treatment. Depending on the number of items in your Low Dose Immunotherapy preparation, re-testing can often be completed in half a day.

How long should the treatment continue?

The duration of treatment depends on the complexity of your case, your allergy or intolerance levels and the length of time you have been unwell.

Treatment is generally continued for up to two years after initial testing. Depending on the YourHealth doctor’s advice, you may wish to reduce the frequency of taking your Low Dose Immunotherapy treatment, for instance, you may take it once every second day or then every third day etc. However, this generally depends on your progress.

Where can I be tested using Low Dose Immunotherapy?

In keeping with their practice of integrating conventional western medicine with evidence based alternatives, your referring doctor or the doctors at YourHealth Brighton can provide you with variety of diagnostic and treatment options. In the case of foods, the gold standard has been the IgE immunological tests (skin prick and blood) and exclusion and challenge (food elimination protocol). However, in addition to their conventional western medicine approach the Allergy and Intolerance Clinic located within the YourHealth Brighton medical practice offers Low Dose Immunotherapy treatment using the Breakspear Hospital (UK) protocol.
Low Dose Immunotherapy testing is completed by registered nurses under the supervision of doctors.
YourHealth Brighton is an accredited medical practice.

What needs to be completed before and after testing?

Prior to testing, your healthcare practitioner or the YourHealth doctors will evaluate your healthcare needs and can then discuss the options available to you. This may include skin prick, blood tests, exclusion/challenge or the Low Dose Immunotherapy as per the Breakspear protocol. Information about the standard protocol for skin pick and blood tests is available from the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy. Read more Information about the standard approach for food elimination protocol is available at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. Read more If the Breakspear protocol is recommended by your doctor or healthcare practitioner, testing will be completed by a registered nurse using our preservative free food, chemical, inhalant or pharmaceutical products. After testing is completed, a prescription for your treatment preparation is prescribed by either your referring doctor or the YourHealth doctors. The prescription is then faxed to Australian Custom Pharmaceuticals (the compounding pharmacy) where it is compounded into your treatment preparation. When finalised, your treatment preparation is sent to you. Depending on your doctor’s advice your first dose can be taken either in your home or at your healthcare clinic. Where Mulit-Allergy Low Dose Immunotherapy is prescribed your preparation will contain up to 100 foods or chemicals or inhalants depending what has been recommended. Where Personalised Low Dose Immunotherapy is prescribed your preparation may contain up to 25 items tested. All preparation are supplied in a glass vial. Where more personalised items are required additional vials can be used. The preparation generally lasts three months.

I want my Healthcare Practitioner to look after my healthcare needs. Can they refer me to be tested with Low Dose Immunotherapy?

We welcome healthcare practitioner referrals and look forward to receiving their instructions. So we can better meet your needs, please contact us on the link below and we can send the referral information document to you or your healthcare practitioner. This process is similar to that of being referred hydrogen breath testing, pathology, x-ray or other allied health care professional testing.

What is the cost of the preparation?

The supply of the Personalised treatment preparation containing 1-12 items for approx. 4 months costs $210.00. The supply of the Personalised treatment containing 1-25 items for approx. 4 months costs $290.00. The supply of a Multi-Allergy treatment for approx. 4 months costs $240.

What is the cost of testing?

A full day testing costs $500*. A half day testing costs $250*. Unfortunately, at this stage Low Dose Immunotherapy testing and treatment does not attract a Medicare rebate. Some private health insurance bonus schemes may provide rebates. You will need to contact your health insurance fund to discuss this with them. Low Dose Immunotherapy testing and treatment may be considered a “medical expense”. However, we recommend you contact an accountant who can better determine whether any tax rebate may be available to you. (*To secure your appointment a non-refundable deposit of $150 per patient per day is payable and deducted from the total testing costs for the secured appointment time)

What should I do next?

To make an appointment for allergy and intolerance testing or to make an enquiry about using the Provocation/Neutralisation protocol please click on the link below.