Allergen immunotherapy can help eliminates the causes of symptoms by slowly reducing your sensitivity to allergens.
Allergen immunotherapy is a medical treatment for allergies that involves receiving a series of injections or taking sublingual drops over a period of time. Allergen Immunotherapy works for allergic rhinitis, allergic asthma, and stinging insect allergies.
Am I A Good Candidate for Allergen Immunotherapy?
Physicians may recommend allergen immunotherapy if a patient:
- Experiences side effects from other allergy medications
- Suffers from a respiratory condition such as asthma
- Continues to experience allergies despite avoidance and medication
- Is allergic to a few, unavoidable allergens
How Does Allergen Immunotherapy Work?
Allergen immunotherapy involves allergen desensitization -- exposing you to larger and larger amounts of a specific allergen in an attempt to change your immune system’s response.
Immunotherapy can be administered via two methods:
- Subcutaneous Immunotherapy (SCIT)
- Sublingual Immunotherapy (SLIT)
Subcutaneous Immunotherapy (SCIT)
Allergy shots (subcutaneous immunotherapy or SCIT) are safe and effective and remain standard treatment at our practice and in other practices throughout the country.
Injections are initially given once a week and later bi-weekly and monthly. Treatment courses range from three to five years and last a lifetime.
Sublingual Immunotherapy (SLIT)
Similar to allergy shots, sublingual immunotherapy utilizes drops that are placed under the tongue. This method is an option for patients who cannot tolerate injections and is safe and effective in pediatric patients.
Most patients begin to notice benefits from treatment within 9-12 months. Total treatment time to achieve maximal benefit is typically three years.