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.
What Patients Are Saying
I recently had to find a new ENT after my employer changed my insurance. I have a complicated health history so it can be daunting to find a new provider that you trust. I was very pleased with Dr. Picerno – she was kind, patient and very thorough! I’m so happy to have found her! I also met with Amelia, an audiologist, and she was also awesome!
Dr. Jeffrey Cutler is terrific. I have had chronic sinusitis for years. Dr. Cutler has mapped out strategies and procedures to mitigate the frequency of my sinusitis episodes. He is personable, relatable, and takes the time to question and completely understand your current situation. He uses diagnostic tools, your history & physical examination to estblish a differential diagnosis and then discusses treatment options with you NOT to you. He is top notch.
I was very impressed with the thorough diagnostic exam that I received from Dr. Cosgriff and her assistants. I felt that they all listened to my concerns and answered my questions, as well as suggesting that I receive some physical therapy, which I will do to help alleviate the vertigo I am experiencing.I would recommend Dr. Cosgriff to friends and family!
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.
Allison Rasband, M.D.
Dr. Allison Rasband received her medical degree from Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska and is board-certified with the American Board of Otolaryngology. She performed her residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center. She specializes in the treatment of adult and pediatric ear, nose, and throat problems, with a special interest in pediatrics and the surgical treatment of nasal and sinus problems. She loves spending time with her husband, four kids, and yellow lab and enjoys skiing, hiking, and mountain biking.