Am I a Candidate for Immunotherapy?

Am I a Candidate for Immunotherapy?

It’s no secret that allergies can make you miserable. And when you have a severe allergy or your allergy medication isn't making a difference, it’s easy to feel like your allergy symptoms are ruling your life.

If you’re tired of allergies, it’s time to learn more about immunotherapy. Immunotherapy exposes your immune system to regulated doses of your allergens, with the goal of reducing your body’s immune response over time.

Our team at Allergy & Environmental Treatment Center, LLC, specializes in allergen-specific immunotherapy to treat certain allergens, including seasonal allergiesfood allergies, and environmental allergies.

This cutting edge treatment method is quickly becoming the gold standard in allergy care, because it stops allergy symptoms by addressing the cause of your allergies. Are you a candidate?

When to consider allergy immunotherapy

Immunotherapy can be a long-lasting, effective allergy treatment. However, it involves a series of allergy shots that produces an immune response, and it may not be the best treatment option for every allergy sufferer.

To help you decide if immunotherapy is right for you, our team reviews your medical history and your symptoms. We consider two main factors: your allergens and how well your current treatment plan is working.

You might be a good candidate for allergy immunotherapy if:

You have severe allergy symptoms

Allergies range from mild to severe. Most people with mild allergies experience short-lived symptoms and often find that over-the-counter medication helps them feel better. Severe allergies aren’t so simple to treat, and having asthma can make allergies worse.

Severe allergies may cause more serious side effects, and persistent symptoms can lead to complications like sinus infections and ear infections. Certain allergies, like insect stings, can even cause anaphylaxis, which is a life-threatening reaction.

In these cases, immunotherapy may be right for you because it addresses the cause of your allergy to help reduce your symptoms and your risk of serious complications.

Other allergy treatments aren’t effective enough

There are a lot of antihistamines and allergy treatments available, both over-the-counter and by prescription. Although these treatments can be effective, they’re not enough for some people. 

Signs that your current allergy treatment isn’t working well enough are: 

Immunotherapy offers an alternative to traditional allergy medication. It can eliminate the need to take allergy medication daily and reduce your symptoms over time.

You can’t avoid your allergens

Avoiding your allergy triggers is the most effective way to treat allergy symptoms. But it’s not always possible to completely avoid allergens in everyday life, and this can put you at risk if your allergies are severe.

You might be a candidate for immunotherapy if you’re allergic to things like mold, pollen, pet dander, and insect stings. These allergens are difficult to avoid, and immunotherapy helps reduce your immune response if you come in contact with them.

If you’re curious about the benefits of allergy immunotherapy, schedule an appointment with our team at Allergy & Environmental Treatment Center, LLC. We’re here to help you find an effective treatment plan so you can move confidently through life.

Call our Scottsdale, Arizona, allergy clinic at 480-634-2985 or book a consultation online to get started today.

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