It is possible to end or significantly reduce many types of allergies with immunotherapy. This technique, also known as allergy shots, is highly effective. It prevents allergic reactions by inhibiting the individual’s immune reaction to specific triggers. This therapy can prevent coughing, wheezing, post-nasal drip, itchy or puffy eyes, headaches, sinus problems and more.
Immunotherapy allergy treatment works by reducing a person’s sensitivity to certain substances through carefully calculated exposure. Gentle injections are administered at regular intervals, beginning with a very low concentration of the allergen and gradually progressing. This treatment is FDA approved, and it can help prevent the development of asthmatic conditions.
At Advanced Allergy & Asthma Associates and Food Allergy Center of Illinois, we strictly adhere to the latest treatment guidelines, for safe, effective, and fast treatment. We can help our patients find relief in a matter of months; there is no need to ensure weekly shots for years.
The many benefits of this advanced procedure include:
- Decreased need for allergy medicine
- Cost effective in the long-term, due to reduced expenses for ongoing treatments
- It can stop new allergies from developing in children
- Individuals suffering from allergic asthma can see a reduction in asthmatic symptoms
- Immunotherapy may reduce a person’s chances of developing asthma by as much as 50 percent
- No other option for treating allergies is considered curative
- You can enjoy long lasting relief from the misery of allergies
Allergen Immunotherapy explained by Dr. Eugenia Hahn
What is Immunotherapy?
Immunotherapy is a desensitization process. It’s a way to teach the body that these allergens are not a problem. Whether its pollen, dust mites, mold, animal dander or stinging insects.
What is the process for testing?
It is a process that we start with very small amounts and gradually build up. During this process the body is gradually learning and understanding not to react to them.
What types of testing do you do for allergies?
We generally do skin testing which is called a protest. We test for pollen which includes trees, grasses, weeds, we also test for mold as well as dust mites and animal dander. The protest is a quick test that a lot of times we can get answers to some of our questions that same day.
The way we do that is we take these plastic like toothpicks and press them against patient’s backs and after 15 – 20 minutes what we are looking for is a red itchy welt in that spot.
The other types of testing that can be done is a blood test.
If you have additional questions about Immunotherapy or you would like to schedule an appointment with a specialist, call us at (847) 888-8802.
Advanced Allergy & Asthma Associates and Food Allergy Center of Illinois is proud to offer a safe, accelerated treatment schedule, so that you can get on with enjoying your life. This method of treatment achieves amazing results for children and adults alike.
Any individual with allergies to insect venom, such as that of bees, hornets, yellow jackets, or wasps, may be a good candidate for immunotherapy. It is highly effective in combatting this type of allergy. Research has shown that this allergy treatment technique can safely decrease a person’s risk of potentially fatal reactions to stings by as much as 95 percent. We advise anyone with potential venom allergies to carry an Epi-pen at all times – it can be lifesaving in an emergency.
If you are interested in fast, long lasting relief from allergies, call (847) 888-8802 and schedule an appointment at one of our three convenient locations (Crystal Lake or Elgin to find out if immunotherapy is right for you.