What is Immunotherapy?
Immunotherapy 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
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.
Sublingual Allergy Drops are an alternative to allergy shots. Like shots, allergy drops gives patients a small dose of what they are allergic to on a regular basis – allowing them to eventually become immune to the allergen or lesson their symptoms.
Unlike allergy shots, allergy drops puts 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 need 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.
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