Dr. Kevin Lunde ENT of Plano Texas
Alliance Hearing Center of Plano Texas

Immunotherapy: Allergy Shots or Drops

Immunotherapy involves carefully exposing an allergic patient to the substances they are reacting to in order to "turn off" their hyperactive immune system.

Immunotherapy is indicated when avoidance of the offending substances and medications are not fully controlling the allergic symptoms.

Allergy testing determines the allergens responsible for the patient's symptoms. A vaccine is then prepared composed of these allergens. Immunotherapy can be delivered either by weekly shots or as daily drops under the tongue.

By adding immunotherapy to the patient's medications, we can see an improvement in their allergy control by 6 months to 1 year.

As we continue with the treatments, we usually see a reduction in the need for medications within the first 1 to 3 years, making these treatments a more cost-effective way of controlling allergies.

Hopefully, after 3 to 5 years of treatment, many of our patients achieve immunity to their allergens and the treatments can be discontinued.

For children and young adults, immunotherapy has been shown to decrease the chance of other allergies or allergic diseases, such as asthma, from developing in the future.

Tina Hartman, LVN, has over 20 years of experience in advanced allergy care and is our Allergy Care Coordinator.

 

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