Atlanta Allergy treatment involves a combination of modalities including medication, environmental controls and immunotherapy and Sublingual Immunotherapy (SLIT). Immunotherapy, commonly known as allergy shots, is a program that increases immunity to certain allergens that trigger allergy symptoms. While increasing immunity, it decreases your sensitivity to the substances that trigger your allergy symptoms when you are exposed to them. Immunotherapy by sublingual drops, commonly referred to as allergy drops, is an individually tailored alternative program designed to desensitize you to those substances to which you are allergic.
Your allergy tests results are used to create a mixture of substances to which you are allergic. Sterile extracts are prepared from allergy-producing substances such as pollens, molds, house dust, and animal danders according to thing to which you are allergic. These biological substances are then taken under the tongue in increasingly stronger doses until your maximum or maintenance dose has been achieved. Allergen immunotherapy involves administering increasing amounts of an allergen to a patient over several months. Immunotherapy has been shown to be effective in preventing the development of new allergies and, in children, preventing the progression of allergic disease from allergic rhinitis to asthma. Allergen immunotherapy can lead to the long-lasting relief of allergy symptoms after Atlanta allergy treatment is concluded.
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Immunotherapy is only recommended for allergic rhinitis, asthma, conjunctivitis, and insect allergy. It is not a recommended ENT treatment for food allergies. The decision to start immunotherapy is one made between patient and doctor. That decision should be based on the length and severity of seasons, how effective medications and environmental controls are, and the desire to avoid long term medication usage.