Immunotherapy is the only disease-modifying therapy for nasal and eye allergies due to pollen, dust mite, pet dander, and mold. Rather than just covering up the symptoms with medicine, immunotherapy treats the root cause of the condition, giving many patients long-term relief even after stopping therapy.
Immunotherapy also helps prevent the development of allergies to new allergens. In kids, it could even prevent allergies from turning into asthma.
This breakthrough treatment teaches your body’s immune system to recognize and tolerate exposure to allergens. By exposing you to incremental increases of a particular allergen, the immune system becomes desensitized, reducing or even eliminating the inflammatory response. The process frequently results in an improvement in symptoms such as congestion, runny nose, sneezing, coughing, rashes, itchiness, and difficulty breathing.
We begin with diagnostic testing to identify the exact allergens causing your symptoms. Once we pinpoint the allergens, an extract is created just for you, containing the allergen(s) you are allergic to—starting with a small, imperceptible dose. Over time, we slowly and systematically increase the dose until it reaches a higher concentration. This process desensitizes the immune system, reducing or eliminating its reaction to the allergen and thereby improving or even curing your allergy symptoms!
Initially, patients will need to come to our office weekly to get their shots. We monitor patients for 30 minutes afterwards. After several months, the patient only has to come once a month for an injection.
Allergy drops come in a vial, which lasts 6 weeks. The patient will put drops from the vial under his or her tongue every day at home. Each time patients receive a new vial, the first dose of that vial will be given in the office, where the patient can be observed for 30 minutes afterward.
Allergy tablets are a form of sublingual immunotherapy, placed under the tongue to dissolve within one to two minutes. They are taken daily to reduce your symptoms over time.
This is a potentially life-saving treatment for patients with a history of severe allergic reactions to fire ants, bees, wasps, hornets, and yellow jackets. Injections start weekly at first, and over time, we can reduce the frequency to monthly.