3 Safe, Effective Immunotherapy Options That Prevent Allergy Symptoms
For people with year-round allergies and asthma, it’s not just spring flowers that trigger symptoms to feel like a dark cloud is constantly looming overhead. Allergens trigger symptoms that make you feel miserable: Congestion, headaches, itchy eyes, coughing, shortness of breath, and trouble sleeping.
Luckily, with the help of the board-certified allergists at Allergy & Asthma Specialists, there’s a way to treat your allergy and asthma symptoms: Immunotherapy.
Immunotherapy with allergy extracts offered by Allergy & Asthma Specialists is one of the most effective ways to target your allergies often resulting in near-complete relief of symptoms. Immunotherapy is a type of preventative treatment for an allergic response to allergens such as pollens, dust mites, molds, and animal dander. Immunotherapy treats the underlying cause of the allergic reaction, slowly allowing your body to eventually better tolerate the allergens that trigger your symptoms.
Available as injections, drops, or tablets, immunotherapy works to treat the underlying cause of your allergic reactions, not just the symptoms themselves. Each method is safe and tailored to your specific needs; the choice really depends on which method best fits your schedule.
Subcutaneous Immunotherapy (SCIT) is also known as allergy shots. During your first month of treatment, shots are given one to two times a week as your immune system’s tolerance for allergens gradually increases. After three to six months you’ll notice your allergy symptoms subside and you’ll only need to return for shots on a monthly basis
Sublingual Immunotherapy (SLIT) is a injection-free way to treat your allergies. Drops are administered under your tongue daily. Doses are gradually increased to help your immune system build up a natural tolerance to allergens. Your allergy symptoms will begin to subside three to six months after you begin treatment.
Sublingual Immunotherapy is also available in tablet form. Taking SLIT tablets daily can work toward long-term relief of your allergy symptoms without the need for doctor’s visits every month.
You do not need to be suffering from allergy symptoms to get started on your treatment.
Treatment begins with allergy skin testing to identify the allergens that trigger your symptoms. If your allergy symptoms are seasonal, start immunotherapy at least 3 months before your most symptomatic period to begin to have some relief.
Personalized extract prescription, that is. Allergy & Asthma Specialists are the Philadelphia area’s most trusted source for allergy extract prescriptions. Board-certified allergists develop your personalized extract prescription based on your skin testing results taken before you begin immunotherapy. Your prescription consists of carefully calculated doses of allergy extracts developed by the experienced team of allergists at Allergy & Asthma Specialists. Their team is able to carefully balance an extract prescription that is effective enough to provide relief, while at the same time not cause an allergic reaction.
Once your prescription for allergy injections or drops are formulated, all extracts are produced on-site at the Allergy & Asthma Specialists extract laboratory under the supervision of highly-trained staff following the national guidelines for sterile compounding.
To get started on your treatment, schedule your visit. The fellowship trained, board certified allergists of Allergy & Asthma Specialists are experts in formulating and prescribing allergy extract and offer all three types of immunotherapy at offices located in Center City Philadelphia, Blue Bell, King of Prussia, Jenkintown, Doylestown, Lansdale, Pottstown and Collegeville, Pennsylvania. Schedule an appointment today online at AllergyandAsthmaWellness.com or by calling 1-800-86COUGH, extension 2.This is a paid partnership between Allergy & Asthma Specialists ℠ and Philadelphia Magazine's City/Studio