Is Allergy Immunotherapy right for you?
Allergy Immunotherapy can help most people who have allergies caused by airborne allergens.
This therapy may be beneficial to you if you answer yes to any of the statements below.
- My symptoms are worse during specific times of the year.
- My symptoms seem to bother me year round.
- My symptoms tend to flare up around certain animals or in old buildings.
- I get stuffy and congested at night and have trouble sleeping.
- I get headaches often.
- I get sinus or ear infections.
- I take drugs like Claritin®, Zyrtec®, and Allergra® but these don’t always help.
- I have taken drugs like Flonase® or Nasonex® but these did not really help.
Did you know…?
Both prescription and over-the-counter allergy medications like antihistamines and nasal steroids will only mask your symptoms for as long as they are taken. Once the medication is stopped, your symptoms will return. Immunotherapy is the only treatment that can eliminate your allergies.
Allergies occur when the immune system overreacts to harmless substances like pollen, molds and dander. Repeated exposure to allergens will lead to inflammation, which can cause both immediate symptoms as well as chronic problems.
Allergy Immunotherapy helps MORE THAN JUST SNEEZING…
- Itchy Eyes
- Watery Eyes
- Sinus Congestion
- Aches & Pains Fatigue
- Difficulty Concentrating
- Trouble Sleeping
- Loss of Taste or Smell
Allergy Immunotherapy changes how your immune system responds to allergic triggers, leading to long-term tolerance and a greatly reduced need for symptom relieving medication. When administered over time at an appropriate dose, it is the only treatment that has the potential to eliminate your symptoms for life.
First Step: Get Tested
Tell your healthcare provider about your allergy symptoms and any possible allergen exposures. They will determine whether a skin test can help identify the allergens that may be causing your problems.
Skin testing is a painless process that applies allergens to your skin and provides results in about 15 minutes.
Second Step: Get Treated
Allergy Immunotherapy can be administered as traditional allergy shots or as sublingual allergy drops. Both options require a build-up phase that starts at a safe starting concentration of allergen. The goal is to reach the maintenance phase of treatment where a therapeutic dose for each allergen is achieved.
Then Feel Better
The recommended duration for treatment is 3 to 5 years for both shots and drops, though many people report feeling better much sooner. For certain allergens, you may notice an improvement in your symptoms shortly after starting treatment. The key is to stick with your treatment schedule even if you feel better, since re-educating the immune system takes time.
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