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What is Immunotherapy?

Immunotherapy healthcare concept. Hands of doctor or nurse in medical gloves injecting an allergy shot into a male patientImmunotherapy is when you are given a very tiny amount of the substance/allergen (via shots or drops) to which you are allergic, enough to stimulate your immune system but not so much as to cause a full-blown allergic reaction. Over time, your immune systems will build up a tolerance to the allergen, and allergy symptoms will diminish. Both forms of Immunotherapy are sophisticated allergy treatments and proven to be highly effective.

Once a diagnosis is achieved, our skilled allergy team will advise you on all appropriate treatment options. This may include one of the following:

  • Subcutaneous immunotherapy – SCIT: Allergy Shots
  • Sublingual immunotherapy – SLIT: Allergy Drops

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Allergy Shots

Patients receive subcutaneous immunotherapy, or allergy shots when trying to treat allergic conditions affecting the nose and eyes, ears, and lungs. They are effective for heading off reactions to many allergens, including mold, house dust, animal dander, and insect stings.

Before receiving your allergy drops, allergy testing is performed to confirm your antigens.  Dr. Gould will then inject an extract of a small amount of the allergen into the patient’s arm. Treatments are typically given once a week, but sometimes more often, for about seven months.

An alternative to Allergy Shots – Allergy Drops

Sublingual Allergy Drops

A young patient taking allergy drops for inmmunotherapySublingual Allergy Drops are an alternative to allergy shots. Like shots, allergy drops give patients a small dose of what they are allergic to on a regular basis – allowing them to eventually become immune to the allergen or lessen their symptoms.

Unlike allergy shots, allergy drops put small amounts of the allergen under the tongue in a sugar solution every day. This can be done in the convenience of the patient’s home until the solution needs to be refilled. By not having to come into the office for shots and waiting after the administration, allergy drops are extremely convenient and a huge time saver.

Patient Testimonials

“Dr. Gould and his staff are knowledgeable, friendly, and time-efficient! I would HIGHLY recommend this team if you have any sinus/allergy issues!”

– Kimberlyn

“The staff here is very professional and they treat me well. They are actively working to help me manage my sinus issues help with my allergies. I would definitely recommend them to anyone sinus issues.”

– Kayla

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Don’t wait to get the allergy relief you deserve! please call 314.473.5433 to schedule a consultation with our experienced team at our office in St. Louis and Festus, MO. You can change your life with nose surgery and you can take the first step by speaking with us.

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