If you are an allergy sufferer but do not want your symptoms to control your entire life, you may be wondering what you can do. An allergy treatment plan, while effective at providing short-term relief, does not cure allergies – in fact, nothing does. The ideal solution to achieve long-term relief and control your symptoms is a treatment called immunotherapy. If you live in Atlanta or surrounding areas and are interested in this treatment, you have come to the right place.
Immunotherapy is an allergy shot containing a small sample of the allergen that affects you. The amount is just enough to be registered by your immune system – it will not cause a severe reaction. The goal of immunotherapy is to encourage your body to become desensitized to the allergen, and it is particularly effective against seasonal allergies or insect bites as well as year-round indoor allergies.
The process is as follows:
- Your Atlanta allergist will determine whether immunotherapy is right for your individual situation, based on your allergy, its symptoms, any medications you may be taking, and your overall health condition.
- We will administer the shot to you approximately every week and then eventually monthly to build up your tolerance to the allergen.
- Doing immunotherapy over a prolonged period should ultimately control your allergic reactions for years to come.
Another option you may consider is rush immunotherapy, which treats severe allergic reactions.
To learn more about immunotherapy at your local Atlanta allergist’s clinic, contact us at Northside Allergy and Asthma today. Please call or visit one of our Georgia locations – Atlanta, Roswell, Duluth, Cummings, or Johns Creek.