Allergies can be quite irritating, with symptoms ranging from itchy, watery eyes to rashes and hives. These symptoms can be both irritating, hindering your daily life, and quite hazardous to your health, depending on the severity of your symptoms.
Allergy testing and immunotherapy are keys to a proactive method that can provide much-needed relief to those who are fed up with suffering from debilitating symptoms.
Allergy testing can be performed on anyone, regardless of age, and it generally involves skin and blood tests. Skin testing produces faster results and costs less than blood testing. Blood testing involves a single needle prick, and it can be more convenient, though it takes longer to see the results.
Our doctors will use testing information along with your medical history to find out if you have allergies, and if so, what is causing them.
Immunotherapy is a method that our doctors use to train your body to lessen or even eliminate your immune system’s overreaction to an allergen. The method involves administering progressively increased doses of an allergen. This way, your body can build up a tolerance to allergens, and your immune system gradually loses sensitivity to the allergen.
Immunotherapy can be delivered in a few ways, such as:
Also referred to as subcutaneous immunotherapy (SCIT), allergy shots are the most effective and most common method of immunotherapy. Allergy shots are the only treatment method that changes the immune system, allowing for the prevention of developing new allergies and asthma.
A method of sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT), allergy tablets are appealing because they don’t involve shots. They reduce your symptoms by helping your body to build a resistance to allergic effects. However, they don’t prevent the onset of new allergies and asthma.
Drops are another form of SLIT, as they work like tablets. Though they are used around the world, they’re not FDA-approved in the United States, so it’s best to talk to one of our doctors about this particular method.
Our team at Family Medicine and Acute Care of Sandhills is dedicated to providing you with much-needed relief from allergies. Whether you’re looking for more preventive measures or relief from full-blown allergies, we have you covered with a variety of testing and treatment options to get you back to feeling like your full, productive self again.
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