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Immunotherapy is an effective long-term treatment for allergic reactions to substances such as grass pollens, house dust mites and bee venom. Treatment involves exposing the patient to the allergen in small doses, gradually increasing them as the immune system grows more resistant to the substance.
Before starting any treatment, TDC Allergy providers and their patients will identify trigger factors for allergy symptoms. Skin or sometimes blood tests are performed to confirm the specific allergens to which the person has antibodies.
Allergy skin tests are performed in office to determine whether or not allergy shots would benefit in treating allergies, and to determine your specific allergies. We will administer allergy shots to treat allergies to stinging insects and to aeroallergents, such as: cats, dogs, dust mites, pollens, etc.
How Allergy Immunotherapy Works
An extract of a small amount of the allergen is injected into the skin of the arm. An injection may be given once or twice a week for three to six months, after which injections can be administered every two weeks for five years, sometimes longer.
There is a small danger of anaphylactic shock (a severe allergic reaction) shortly after an injection. Therefore, our providers will stay with you to ensure your immunotherapy has adequate medical supervision.
Immunotherapy for Asthma
Immunotherapy is also an effective treatment for allergic asthma. Allergy shots can help relieve the allergic reactions that trigger asthma episodes, thereby enhancing pulmonary function and decreasing the need for asthma medications and reduce the severity of asthma.
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