Hi. A few years ago I had the pin ***** test for allergies and so forth (dust mites, dander, trees, grass, pollen, mold, etc). Now latley I have been having a lot of trouble with my sinuses. I go to the student health clinic here at university. They will administer the shots for free there, but I would have to pay the full price at a pharmacy for the shots as my insurance does not cover medications nor allergy stuff of any kind.
So does anyone have any idea of how much it would cost to get the shots? I doubt I can afford it now, but it would be nice to have an idea.
That's hard to say...it depends your doctor. I would imagine you'd have to be tested again since it's been over a year. And then you start out with going as much as twice a week for about 6 months till you build up and then it's once every four weeks. Unless you go to a doc who'll let you give them to yourself...and that also depends on the kind of doctor you go to (ENT vs Immunologist, etc)
As for me, I feel for you as I have a $200 cap on allergy tratment from my insurance company. I'm up to maintenance dosage now and use two different vials of serum (not all can be mixed together as the molecules are different sizes). I usually go thru 4 vials a year and each pair is $95...and then I have to pay for the injections.
Remember, you'll be gone from school some for breaks, Christmas, etc and you'll still need to get your shots during that time...
I am assuming that you are asking what the price of the allergy serum would be. The serum can range very differently.
When I started on allergy injections- I received the injections twice a week and would receive two shots each time (my insurance was billed for $384 which is full price for the serum and the serum would last 3 months).
I was allergy tested again last August and it was discovered that I had developed more allergies (which I pretty much knew with the problems that I was having). This time- they had to increase what I was getting. I had to start getting shots twice weekly and this time 3 shots each time. The serum for 3 months went up to $586.
I think that it just depends on how much serum that you will require due to the extent of your allergies.
As far as the cost of the allergy testing- mine was close to $1,000.
My allergist will not allow anyone to give the injections to themselves- (even though I am a nurse!) due to the possibility of an reaction. Our insurance has changed and now we have to pay out of pocket- the $46 a week for the injections. Actually- I am down to going once a week- so it is $23 a week. This does not include the cost of the serum!
Honestly, I would get retested before getting any shots. The fact the your condition worsened at college is a sign you might have become allergic to more things. As far as the serums go, if I were not insured, mine would cost about $200. They lasted about 3-4 months. That cost is for a maintaince dose, they cost a little more when you first start out.
I get four shots at each session - I can go as often as every three days, but am lucky to make it once a week. I am charged by the visit - $44 per time. Actually, I think that is what my insurace is charged. They do pay the majority of the costs.
I went to see my old allergist who did the original allergy testing. He said that depending on my original tests, I may not have to redo the testing, just test for one or two additional things.
He also ordered a CT scan- one small polyup and the tiniest of tiny deviations. So I am also being sent to an ENT. And Then I am also being sent to a Gastro to rule out that as a cause of my sinus problems and because My Gerd is not under the control that it used to be.
However, allergist says that from the exam and my history and the CT scan, it looks like the polyup is probably the result of the allergies and switiching meds around again is not going to get me the relief I need. If I want to breath normally, then I will need allergy shots.
I would love to be healthier, but I can't pay the doctor bills that I have now. I am going to try and call free clinics and so forth and see if any near me offer charity care when it comes to preventative health or allergy care. If I can get the serum at a reasonable price, then I can get the shots administered for free at the student health center. If I have to drive too far for the shots then I wouldn't be saving money anyway- not with the price of gas.
I could attempt to get another part time job, but I really do not see how I would be able to handle that with work and school without making myself sicker.
At the same time though, I don't want to let the problem get worse and worse and see if more polups develope that might require surgery. Its all so complicated. I'll see my allergist again in a couple of months (that will be the soonest I can afford it!) and talk to them about pricing and so forth.