What is Allergy Immunotherapy?
Allergy Immunotherapy is one of the most popular treatments for allergies. Also known as “allergy shots,” allergy immunotherapy is administered to a patient in a series of injections. The process works as follows: our allergy specialists administer small doses of an allergen (a substance to which a patient is allergic) in order to develop tolerance to allergies. The process is closely related to traditional vaccines. Ultimately, an allergy patient can be desensitized through immunotherapy to annoying allergens through the development of protective antibodies that reduce the patient’s response to allergens. Over time, the patient’s reaction to common allergens can be greatly reduced.
What Types of Allergies Can Be Treated With Immunotherapy?
A wide range of allergies can be treated with immunotherapy. Texas is commonly known as “the allergy capital of the world.” Common allergens in our part of the country that trigger the common symptoms of congestion, sneezing, and itching are typically plant-based pollens. Immunotherapy is generally regarded as a sound treatment for allergic reactions to pollen. In addition, immunotherapy can also treat allergic reactions to mold, dust mites, and animal dander.
What Is the Course of Treatment Like?
Immunotherapy injections began with a “build-up” phase and continue to a “maintenance” phase. In the build-up phase, small but gradually increasing doses of immunotherapy shots are administered between once and twice a week, until a “full” dose is reached. Once this point in treatment is reached, the maintenance phase begins. The dosage and frequency during the maintenance phase will differ for each patient (and why our expertise with customizing immunotherapy treatments is so invaluable). Generally, the maintenance phase will require injections every 2 to 4 weeks. The maintenance phase of treatment differs from patient to patient, but may last for a period of 3 to 5 years. The lasting effects of allergy immunotherapy can be seen 12 months or longer following the end of treatment.
Advantages of Allergy Immunotherapy
Allergy shots are widely regarded as a more effective treatment for allergies, and one that can actually decrease the progression of allergies. Medicines such as antihistamines simply cover the symptoms and can cause severe drowsiness. Your allergy immunotherapy treatment may even be covered by your existing insurance policy. If you have a question about your coverage simply call us or contact your insurance company.
Why Not Start Today?
You can start on your path to becoming allergy-free today. Just call Dallas ENT Group at (972) 566-8300 to set up your allergy testing appointment today!
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