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Do You Need Immunotherapy for Allergies?

By    |   Wednesday, 08 Jun 2016 04:31 PM

Immunotherapy for allergies may offer some relief for severe allergies and should be discussed with your allergist or immunologist prior to beginning treatment.

Allergies, whether seasonal or chronic, can greatly affect a person’s quality of life. For some people, immunotherapy may be the answer. Immunotherapy, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, delivers the specific allergen via injection in an attempt to decrease sensitivity to allergens and increase immunity to bring long-term relief from allergies.

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An allergist may decide on immunotherapy for allergies if other treatments have failed, if symptoms are severe, and if long-term medication is unwanted. Immunotherapy candidates should be free from cardiac disease and certain immune system diseases.

The immunotherapy process can take three to five years, according to the Mayo Clinic. Allergy attacks may be stopped or greatly reduced by the end of the treatment period. The amount of allergens in each shot stimulates the immune system without causing a reaction in order to increase tolerance to decrease future attacks. The immune system gradually builds up a tolerance as the amount of allergens in each dose is increased.

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Negative reactions to immunotherapy shots are possible but rare, says WebMD. These reactions may include redness at the injection site, hives, asthma attacks, low blood pressure, and anaphylaxis.

If you and your doctor agree that you are a good candidate for immunotherapy for allergies, then all risks will be discussed. All patients are required to stay at the doctor’s office for 30 minutes after each injection to watch for potential reactions. If you suffer from several different allergens you may need more than one shot each time.

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