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Allergy Skin Tests Tampa St. Pete

Anne Hermann, MD

We offer allergy skin tests that identify which substances are causing your allergy symptoms.

Below are answers to commonly asked questions by our patients when considering an allergy skin test:

What is the age requirement for allergy testing?

There is none.  The testing is safe for children and adults of any age, although the children will be tested for fewer antigens than adults. 

Do skin conditions or moles prevent testing?

The doctor will test only on areas that are not severely affected.  If there are no unaffected areas on the skin, a blood test will be given instead of a skin test.

Will I have a reaction to the test?

Mild itching will be resolved as soon as the skin test is wiped away with alcohol.  For the rare cases of more severe itching, hydrocortisone cream may be applied.

Can I be tested if I have a tattoo?

Yes.  The test will be applied to the areas of the skin that are ink-free.  If all areas of the skin are tattooed, a blood test will be given in place of the skin test.

What is the cost of allergy testing?

The cost is usually covered by most insurance plans.  If your insurance does cover the testing, you will only be responsible for your regular copay and deductible.

Anne Hermann, MD is double board certified in Internal Medicine and as a Physician Nutrition Specialist. To schedule your appointment, please call 813-902-9559.

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Allergy Drops vs. Pharmacotherapy in Tampa St Pete

Anne Hermann, MD

We offer allergy drops, or sublingual drops, which differ from pharmacotherapyAllergy drops are administered under the tongue whereas pharmacotherapy are allergy medications such as antihistamines, nasal steroid sprays or inhalers.

 

Many of my patients have asked me if there are other differences between allergy drops and pharmacotherapy and if there are advantages in using the allergy drops.

  1. Allergy drops have been found to be fully effective whereas only 50% of pharmacotherapy users were satisfied
  2. Treatment time for allergy drops is two minutes daily (in the comfort of your home) vs. 1-30 minutes per day for pharmacotherapy.
  3. Typical treatment time for allergy drops is four years, opposed to pharmacotherapy treatments, which are lifelong.
  4. Approximate monthly cost of allergy drops is $106 vs. $210 monthly for pharmacotherapy treatments.

The advantages to using allergy drops vs. pharmacotherapy treatments are significant.  For information on allergy testing, see our blog on allergy testing: http://www.doctorhermann.com/blog/bid/129091/How-to-Treat-Food-Allergies-in-the-Tampa-St-Pete-Area

Anne Hermann, MD is double board certified in Internal Medicine and as a Physician Nutrition Specialist. To schedule your appointment, please call 813-902-9559.

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Allergy Drops vs. Allergy Shots in Tampa St. Pete

Anne Hermann, MD

We offer allergy shots in the integrative medical offices of Dr. Anne Hermann, MD. Both allergy shots and allergy drops work to minimize the symptoms of allergies over a period of 3-5 years.

Below you will find information on the advantages and disadvantages of oral drops versus injections to treat your allergies:

Disadvantages of allergy shots:

  • Shots must be administered 1-2 times per week in the doctor’s office
  • Patients often experience swelling, itching, hay fever and even life-threatening anaphylaxis
  • Costs of allergy shots are approximately 3 times more than allergy drops

Advantages of allergy drops:

  • Drops can be administered in the comfort of your home
  • Side effects are mild, which may include nausea or tingling in the mouth
  • Monthly cost of allergy drops are approximately one-third the cost of allergy shots

For more information on allergy shots, view our blog: http://www.doctorhermann.com/blog/bid/152303/Allergy-Drops-in-Tampa-and-St-Pete

Anne Hermann, MD is double board certified in Internal Medicine and as a Physician Nutrition Specialist. To schedule your appointment, please call 813-902-9559.

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Chelation and Detoxification Therapy in St Petersburg and Tampa

Anne Hermann, MD

Chelation is a therapy that helps rid the body of heavy metals such as lead, mercury and aluminum.

Symptoms of metal toxicity include: headaches, dizziness, tingling of the hands or feet, digestive issues and fatigue.  Of course, these symptoms can be caused by other medical issues such as thyroid disease or vitamin deficiencies.  For this reason, we usually review your medical records prior to checking for medal toxicities.

Different tests for heavy metal toxicity include bloodwork, urine or hair samples.  Standard bloodwork is not as effective at detecting metal levels as urine testing, however, it is often the least expensive test.  If you have an elevated level of any metal, we will council you on how to avoid further exposure to that metal.  We find mercury is one of the most commonly elevated metal levels.  It is found in large mouthed fish that eat other fish, such as grouper, snapper, tuna and swordfish.  It may be found in dental fillings as well.  Other common metal exposure comes from water pipes, paint, canned food and work related exposures.

If your level is high enough, I recommend Detoxamin.  This is a physician grade chelating agent that is administered rectally.

Anne Hermann, MD is double board certified in Internal Medicine and as a Physician Nutrition Specialist. To schedule your appointment, please call 813-902-9559.  Click here to visit the website of Anne Hermann, MD, PA

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Cost of Dysport in Tampa and St Petersburg

Anne Hermann, MD

Many patients use Dysport because it is priced better and they get the same benefit as they would from Botox.  Dysport is made by the makers of Restylane and has been FDA approved for treatment of fine lines in the US for over three years.  I would like to explain how Dysport can be priced at only $4.50 per unit, while Botox is $10 to $12 per unit (depending on how much you receive). 

Dysport dosing is double that of Botox.  For example, if I use 20 units of Botox the same treatment with Dysport would be 40 units.  So, Dysport is not really half the price of Botox.  It is more like 15 to 20 % less than Botox.  When treatments cost $200 or more, this can still amount to significant savings.

The medical offices of Dr. Anne Hermann are conveniently located in Tampa and St. Petersburg, FL. To schedule your appointment with Dr. Hermann, please call 813-902-9559.

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What is Belotero Balance? Offices Tampa and St Petersburg, FL

Anne Hermann, MD

Belotero Balance is a hyaluronic acid dermal filler.  It is very similar to Juvederm and Restylane as they all have the same active ingredient, hyaluronic acid.  The difference is that Belotero Balance can be injected much closer to the surface of the skin.

Juvederm and Restylane cannot be injected as close to the surface of the skin as Belotero Balance because they leave discoloration if they are injected too superficially.  So, Belotero Balance allows the doctor to erase fine lines and wrinkles that we were not able to inject in the past with the older fillers.

I am finding that patients are very happy with Belotero Balance for lip lines or “smoker’s lines”, crows feet lines and other fine lines.  To watch a video of how dermal filler injections are performed, click this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCWJ6MpYULw&feature=player_embedded

The medical offices of Dr. Anne Hermann are conveniently located in Tampa and St. Petersburg, FL. To schedule your appointment with Dr. Hermann, call 813-902-9559.

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Allergy Drops in Tampa and St Pete

August 1, 2012, the Wall Street Journal published an article on sublingual immunotherapy. We have been offering allergy drops, or sublingual immunotherapy, for years. The journal article did a good job describing what science knows about the drops:

1. The drops are made of the same liquid used in the shots. While the liquid is FDA approved, taking it by mouth is an off label but very effective means of taking the liquid.

 

2. Drops are as effective as the shots

3. Drops are much more convenient as they can be done at home. Patients who get allergy shots, must go to the doctor once or twice per week for injections.

4. Drops are safer than shots because there is less risk of severe allergic reaction.

5. Millions of doses of drops have been given worldwide, with no deaths.

6. Cost is similar with allergy drops as shots because while the drops are not covered by insurance, they still are less than the cost of all the doctor visits required for shots.

So, if you suffer from allergies and do not want weekly shots, this is the best way to go. For more information, see our blog allergy testing: http://www.doctorhermann.com/blog/bid/129091/How-to-Treat-Food-Allergies-in-the-Tampa-St-Pete-Area

Dr. Anne Hermann, M.D. is double board certified in Internal Medicine and as a Physician Nutrition Specialist. To schedule your appointment, please call 813-902-9559.

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Cost of Botox vs Dysport in Tampa St Petersburg, FL

Dysport and Botox work the same way and both last 3 to 4 months. Dysport was approved for treatment of fine lines and wrinkles in 2009 and was the first FDA approved competitor to Botox in the United States.

If Dysport and Botox both work the same, why use Dysport?  http://www.doctorhermann.com/blog/bid/128366/Botox-vs-Dysport-Which-Treatment-is-Right-For-You  For most people who choose Dysport over Botox, it is because they get the same results for 10 to 20% less than Botox.  We charge, $4.50 per unit for Dysport and $10 to $11 per unit for Botox, depending on how much the patient gets.  Some examples of the price break are:

  • Forehead wrinkles (10 units) with Dysport $90 vs Botox $110 for $20 savings
  • Brow or frown lines (23 units) with Dysport $207 vs Botox $253 for $46 savings
  • Crows feet (20 units) Dsyport $180 vs Botox $220 for $40 savings
  • If some have all of these areas treated, the savings are $106.

I offer Dysport as a good alternative to Botox.  It is well proven to be equally effective at a better cost.

The medical offices of Dr. Anne Hermann are conveniently located in Tampa and St. Petersburg, FL. To schedule your appointment with Dr. Hermann, please call 813-902-9559.

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Belotero Balance vs Juvederm in Tampa and St Pete

Anne Hermann, M.D.

Belotero Balance is a new dermal filler. As of July 2012, it is not even available to all physician injectors. We are very excited to offer it and here is why:

Compared to other fillers, such as Juvederm, Restylane and Radiesse, Belotero Balance can be injected much more superficially. When the other
fillers are injected too close to the surface of the skin, they leave a bluish or whitish color under the skin. The older fillers are meant to be injected into a deeper layer of the skin and are best at adding volume to an area of the face that has lost volume. Belotero will not leave any discoloration when injected just under the skin. This allows us to inject very fine lines around the eyes or mouth with much better results.

Until Belotero was available, I often would not inject “smoker’s” lines around the mouth or fine lines around the eye. Juvederm and older fillers simply made those areas look too puffy. Now we can use Belotero to treat those difficult areas.

The medical offices of Dr. Anne Hermann are conveniently located in Tampa and St. Petersburg, Fl. To schedule your appointment, call (813) 902-9559.

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Liquid Facelift Package in Tampa and St Pete

Anne Hermann, MD

Often, in order to look your best, you will need a combination of anti-aging services.  Filler plumps the skin and lifts cheek hollows.  Botox corrects lines on the forehead and around the eyes.  Skin tightening with the Accent RF softens skin sag and fine lines on neck and lower half of face.  Finally, peels lessen dark spots and discoloration caused by sun damage.  We have packaged a full anti-aging protocol and dramatically reduced the price.  Our packages includes:

Three syringes of Dermal Fillers: (any combination of Juvederm and Radiesse) for $1200.  This is a $375 discount.

Botox:  $40 units for $320 when purchased with three fillers as described above.  This is an $80 discount.

Accent RF for Skin Tightening:  We offer a 20 percent discount to patients who have purchased three syringes of filler or more.

Chemical Peels and Facials:  We offer a half price peel or facial to anyone who has purchased three syringes of filler or more.  We will consult with you to determine which treatment will give you the best results.

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The medical offices of Dr. Anne Hermann are conveniently located in Tampa and St. Petersburg, FL. To schedule your appointment with Dr. Hermann, call 813-902-9559.