The list of possible allergens is not restricted to certain kinds of foods and pollen in the air during the summer and fall months. There are a considerable number of substances people are allergic to, and many of these people might not see their uncomfortable symptoms as allergies until they visit a professional to seek relief from their symptoms. Asthma sufferers might experience more intense symptoms when they are in environments containing substances or chemicals that trigger asthmatic symptoms. Desensitization allergy treatments help people’s immune systems learn to become more tolerant to allergens that once triggered severe allergic reactions.
Treatment for reducing the severity of allergic reactions is called allergy immunotherapy. Our team can help you apply a desensitization allergy treatment and actually keep allergic reactions from occurring, even if you have been exposed to an allergen. This is done by giving our patients tiny doses of the allergen at first, and gradually increasing the doses over time. The small doses will not cause any noticeable allergic reaction, and as the doses are increased, the immune system slowly begins to tolerate the substance or chemical. This is also why it’s so effective for relieving the symptoms of asthma and hay fever.
Types of Allergy Treatments
There are several ways these allergens or substances are introduced into the body. One of the fastest and most effective ways is through an injection. These are known as allergy shots, but it’s also referred to as subcutaneous immunotherapy.
If you don’t like injections, like some of our patients, you can be given these small doses of allergen in the form of tablets with an alternative allergy treatment called sublingual immunotherapy. The drawback with this form of treatment is that it’s limited to allergies to ragweed, dust mites and kinds of grass common in the north eastern and north central areas of the United States.
Depending on your particular condition, there might be other options for reducing the effect allergens have on your well-being. Your body chemistry plays a role in what can cause allergic reactions, and there might be other things you can do to greatly reduce these symptoms. A consultation and health evaluation can tell our allergists at Asthma Allergy Centre a lot about what kind of desensitization allergy treatment options could benefit you. We have offices located in Tigard, Newberg, Beaverton, and McMinnville. Contact us today to book an appointment.