What is Allergy Immunotherapy?
Allergy Immunotherapy is a natural treatment for allergies that changes how your immune system responds to an allergic trigger. This leads to long-term tolerance and a greatly reduced need for symptom-relieving medication.
Immunotherapy retrains your immune system by using high potency extracts from the actual allergen sources. When we administer the appropriate dose over time, it is the only treatment that has the potential to eliminate your symptoms for a lifetime.
Allergies occur when the immune system overreacts to harmless substances like pollen, molds, and dander. Repeated exposure to allergens will lead to inflammation, which causes both immediate symptoms as well as chronic problems. Some of these are easily identifiable as an allergy.
Is Allergy Immunotherapy Right For You?
Allergy Immunotherapy can help most people who have allergies caused by airborne allergens. If you say yes to any of the following descriptions then immunotherapy may be right for you:
- My symptoms are worse during specific times of the year.
- My symptoms seem to bother me year-round.
- My symptoms tend to flare up around certain animals or in old buildings.
- I get stuffy and congested at night and have trouble sleeping.
- I get headaches often.
- I get sinus and ear infections.
- I take drugs like Claritin®, Zyrtec®, and Allergra® but these do not always help.
- I have taken Flonase® or Nasonex® but these did not really help.
- I am tired of taking a daily medication that makes be tired and having to spray medication up my nose just so I can live a somewhat normal life.
Did you know?
Both prescription and over-the-counter medications like antihistamines and nasal steroids only mask your symptoms for as long as they are taken. Once you stop the medication, your symptoms will return. Immunotherapy is the ONLY treatment that can eliminate your allergies.
Allergies are more than just sneezing…
Asthma • Aches and Pains • Wheezing • Fatigue • Cough • Difficulty Concentrating • Itchy Eyes • Watery Eyes • Trouble Sleeping • Headaches • Sinus Congestion • Loss of Taste or Smell
Getting tested for your specific allergy
Tell your Core Medical Center provider or team member about your allergy symptoms. They will discuss whether a skin test can help identify the allergens that may be causing your problems. Then they will schedule you an appointment to get an exam to see if you qualify. We also verify your insurance so you will know if you will have any out-of-pocket expense for the test.
Allergy immunotherapy can be administered as traditional allergy shots or as sublingual allergy drops. Sublingual is not covered by insurance and runs about $150 for a two-month supply. Both options require a buildup phase that starts at a very safe concentration of allergen. The goal is to reach the maintenance phase of the treatment where a therapeutic dose for each allergen is achieved.
The recommended duration is 3 to 5 years for both shots and drops, though many people report feeling better sooner. For certain allergens, you may notice an improvement in your symptoms not long after starting treatment.
The key is to stick with your treatment schedule even if you feel better because reeducating the immune system takes time.