What Is Immunotherapy and Can It Help With My Allergies?

More than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies. Whether you develop itchy, watery eyes and congestion with changing seasons or you have bothersome symptoms all year, allergies can make life unpleasant.

These days, there are several different approaches to managing allergy symptoms. Medications and lifestyle adjustments to avoid triggers can make a difference, but if your symptoms are still severe after trying these common solutions, you might have heard about immunotherapy for allergies and be wondering about its benefits.

At Allergy & Environmental Treatment Center LLC, our team offers the latest allergy treatments to our patients, including immunotherapy. This cutting-edge strategy helps your body adjust to allergens, which can decrease your allergic reactions and symptoms. Here, we explain how it works to help you understand if it’s a good option for you.

Understanding immunotherapy for allergies

Immunotherapy. Biologic therapy. Allergy shots. This allergy treatment goes by many names, but they all refer to the same process: exposing your body to specific allergens to help reduce your reaction over time. The treatment introduces the allergen in a controlled way giving your body the ability to adjust to it.

It involves a series of injections that contain a tiny amount of your allergens. The specific allergen, treatment dose, and amount allows for your body to build up a tolerance to the substances.

Treatment starts with receiving small amounts of three shots every four days for at least one year. Frequency decreases gradually, until you’re getting shots one time each month for 3-5 years.

Immunotherapy is a proven process that can significantly reduce or even eliminate bothersome allergy symptoms. Instead of medications that treat only the symptoms, immunotherapy is a way to address the cause of the problem.

Is immunotherapy a good choice for your allergies?

Many people find that over-the-counter or prescription-strength allergy medications are enough to relieve their allergy symptoms. Avoiding triggers can also help reduce allergic reactions, but it’s not always possible to completely avoid your triggers all the time.

If you suffer from severe allergy symptoms at least three months a year and you don’t find adequate relief with other allergy treatments, it might be time to consider immunotherapy.

Immunotherapy is a good option for many different types of environmental allergens. It can relieve many common seasonal allergies caused by pollen, indoor allergens caused by dust mites or pets, or certain insect stings.

Immunotherapy might be just one part of your treatment plan. Depending on your allergy test results, we may also recommend making changes in your home and habits to limit exposure to certain allergens. If you have food allergies, we can suggest dietary changes to help you feel better.

You don’t have to suffer the symptoms of severe allergies. Find personalized care and the latest in allergy treatment at Allergy & Environmental Treatment Center LLC. Contact our Scottsdale, Arizona, office online, or call us at 480-634-2985 today.

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