As the seasons change, you’ve likely found that you’re more vulnerable to environmental allergens. As moisture starts to seep into the ground, mold and mildew grows and expands. For many people, this can activate their allergies. Pollen, too, starts to spread around as flowers and trees release their pollen to plant new seeds. For those who suffer from asthma, their environmental allergies can make their asthma even worse. Instead of just suffering from allergies, which can sometimes be even worse than a cold, you could seek a permanent solution to get rid of them. This is the concept of allergen immunotherapy.
What Is Allergen Immunotherapy?
Perhaps you’ve heard of desensitization. It occurs when you are constantly subjected to something. You start to lose the shock factor or immediate response to it. However, desensitization also plays a key role in the medical field.
In regards to allergies, desensitization is the key method for ridding your body of allergies. Allergen immunotherapy involves the process of using a small dose of the element that you’re allergic to and inserting it into your body. Over time, your body will become used to it instead of treating it like a foreign invader. As a result, you no longer experience unpleasant side effects that come with allergies.
While allergen immunotherapy is best not used for food allergies, it has been shown to be quite effective in reducing allergies to environmental allergens. So, if you suffer from asthma due to allergies, certain insect bites or stings, or even just environmental allergies like pollen, mold, and so on, you may find relief with allergen immunotherapy.
The procedure for receiving allergen immunotherapy is quite simple. First, you’ll speak with a member of our team about the allergy in particular. Once they have determined the exact cause and strain that activates the allergic response in your body, they can formulate a treatment plan for you. By taking an extremely small quantity of that strain, they then either inject it just below the skin or administer it sublingually. The sample should be small enough that you don’t suffer from the intense symptoms of your allergies.
Instead, you should barely notice it at all. With enough time and treatments, your body will no longer see it as something that they need to purge from its systems. You’ll be able to encounter that allergen in the outside environment without suffering. After a series of treatments have been given, you are usually able to be free of allergies several years after. However, you may need additional treatments after that period is over.
If you’re tired of suffering from allergies that can severely impact your daily life, then you should consider allergen immunotherapy at Asthma Allergy Centre. It’s safe, easy, and it can finally free you from allergies. We are conveniently located in Beaverton and Tigard, OR. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!