Allergies can be a major cause of discomfort and frustration in the lives of those who suffer from them. When an allergen enters the body, the immune system fights back by producing the chemical compound histamine. Histamine then causes an inflammatory response, causing the common symptoms associated with allergies.
While many allergy medications only work to treat the symptoms, we offer subcutaneous immunotherapy, which works to treat the cause of allergies.
What is Subcutaneous Immunotherapy?
Subcutaneous Immunotherapy (SCIT) is one of the most common and effective allergy treatments available. It is effective in treating an array of allergens, including grass, weeds, trees, mold, dust, dander, and insect stings.
How is Subcutaneous Immunotherapy Done?
During treatment, a small amount of the allergen is injected into the skin. A series of injections are often needed to slowly introduce the body to the allergen. This allows it to become immune to the allergen, and symptoms will no longer occur. One unique benefit of subcutaneous immunotherapy is that is can effectively relieve the allergies that cause asthma attacks.
Subcutaneous Immunotherapy Recovery
After injections, some patients may experience a small red area near the injection site. Allergy symptoms should begin to subside within three to six months, with total treatments being completed in five years. After patients complete their immunotherapy, they can live without worrying about the allergen symptoms they lived with before!
Most insurance companies will cover subcutaneous immunotherapy. Ask us about insurance policies to learn more.
If you believe you may be able to benefit from subcutaneous immunotherapy, contact Associates of Otolaryngology today to schedule an appointment. Our experienced physicians will take the time to carefully evaluate your medical history to perform the safest and most effective treatment options.