Based on your symptoms, Dr. Glatz may recommend you have an allergy test.
You will be given an appointment to come into the office for the test which takes about 30 minutes in total.
It tests for environmental allergens only like dust, mold, grasses, pollens as well as cat/dog hair and feathers. It does not test for food allergies.
Before the test you must STOP the following medications:
The test involves putting drops of the allergens on both forearms (up to 35 different allergens are tested). The screening test does not involve any needles.
For small children the back is used for testing rather than the arms
You will then need to sit still for 15 minutes after which any allergic reactions on the skin will be measured. Reactions may be red, raised and itchy; a spray will be used at the end of the test to reduce the allergy.
The results will be available as soon as the test is complete.
Dr. Glatz will recommend treatment for your allergies. This could include environmental controls and/or medication.
If you have allergies that are severe enough, further testing may be recommended in order to tailor make a vaccine for you to treat your allergies.
You will be given another appointment for any further allergy testing. This test involved injecting a tiny amount of the allergens just under the skin. This will determine the strength of your vaccine.
Allergy vaccines are administrated on a weekly basis and continued on average between 2 – 4 years to give symptom relief of your allergies.
Most insurance companies cover allergy testing and will pay a large percentage of the cost AFTER you have met your deductible.
On average patients will pay around CI$70 for the screening allergy testing (more if you need to meet your deductible).
If you do not have insurance the cost of the screening allergy test is CI$280.00.
Dr. F. R. Glatz, M.D.
Dr. Glatz grew up in Springfield, Illinois and graduated from Illinois College with the honor of “Most Likely to Succeed in Medical Sciences” in 1969. He graduated from Wake Forest University, Bowman Gray Medical School in 1973, and completed his Surgery and Otolaryngology training at Wake Forest University, North Carolina Baptist Hospital. He is board-certified in Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, with additional certifications Otolaryngic Allergy.
Dr. Glatz practiced general otolaryngology in North Carolina from 1978 until 1996. He was previously Chief of Staff at Stokes-Reynolds Memorial Hospital, Chairman of the section of Otolaryngology at Forsyth Memorial Hospital and Chief of Staff at Hawthorne Surgical Center in North Carolina. He maintains interests in allergic, nasal and sinus surgery, and pediatric ENT.
As an active member of the medical community, Dr. Glatz has served as President of Cayman Islands Medical and Dental Society and is a member of Cayman Islands Health Insurance Commission.
Dr. Glatz is experienced in pre-hospital Emergency Care, having been the Medical Director of Stokes County Emergency Medical Services for 20 years. He developed knowledge of forensic medicine as a Medical Examiner in North Carolina, having been appointed as Medical Examiner in Catawba, Stokes and Forsyth counties.
As an experienced pilot, certified to the level of Airline Transport Pilot (B737), Dr. Glatz has extensive knowledge of Aviation Medicine and is a Consultant to the Federal Air Surgeon of the United States. He has also been appointed Lead Subject Matter Specialist in Otolaryngology for the Civil Aviation Medical Institute of the Federal Aviation Authority (USA). As a Master Scuba Diver Instructor, Dr. Glatz has worked at length with both free divers and scuba divers in Diving Medicine.