Why You Should Consider Allergy Therapy Shots
- Posted on: Nov 15 2022
Allergies, whether seasonal or not, can cause symptoms that are downright irritating and, in some cases, disrupting to your daily life. Thankfully, there are several treatment methods to alleviate the symptoms of allergies, with some preventing the reaction. However, these are generally very temporary and come with potentially significant side effects that can cause other impacts on your life.
One of the most common methods of helping with allergy symptoms is antihistamines. These are very effective at blocking the allergens from causing reactions and symptoms from appearing. Both their side effects and benefits generally last about 24 hours. However, many of these can make you feel tired and sleepy.
Other medicines, such as decongestants, address the symptoms of allergy reactions rather than preventing them. These are also very effective. Some will increase your blood pressure and potentially make falling asleep rather tricky. Like antihistamines, these provide only temporary help, and you must take more to achieve the same relief.
Allergy Therapy, on the other hand, is a more permanent solution that is also highly effective at combating allergies. After a test to determine which specific allergens are triggering a reaction, your doctor will inject a tiny amount of a particular antigen under the skin. This slowly exposes the immune system to what causes the symptoms and helps build a tolerance to the allergen.
The relief and benefits of allergy therapy can be noticed after the first treatment. The complete treatment plan is divided into two phases. The first is the build-up of tolerance to the allergen and requires weekly treatments for around six months or more. This is followed by the maintenance phase, when, depending on how your body reacts to the treatment, requires periodic injections.
Despite the length of the treatment plan and the required maintenance phase to ensure the best results, allergy therapy is very successful at treating chronic and severe allergies without the use or side effects of over-the-counter medication.
If you suffer from chronic or severe allergies, contact the ENT and Allergy Centers of Texas in the north Plano area to see how allergy therapy might help you. A comprehensive consultation and allergy test can be scheduled at 972-984-1050 or www.enttx.com.
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