Most people who have allergies to pet dander, pollen, and even bee stings will resort to using medication to control their allergies. However, there is an alternative. It’s known as allergy immunotherapy. This treatment option allows you to train your immune system to stop reacting to these harmless allergens, giving you the peace of being able to enjoy your summer and pets without having to worry about taking your allergy medications.
How Long Is Treatment?
At first, you’ll see your doctor once or twice a week for a few months. An injection containing a tiny amount of the allergen your body reacts to, such as pet dander, pollen, dust mites, mold, or bee venom, is then given to you. This does will increase incrementally until you are given what is known as a maintenance dose. After this, you’ll receive an injection every two to four weeks for four to five months. Then your doctor will slowly increase the times between injections, until you’re getting them around once a month for three to five years. During this time period, your symptoms improve and might even disappear.
Preparation for Allergy Injections
You might want to avoid doing anything strenuous a few hours before and after your appointment. This is because any type of exercise will increase the blood flow to the tissue and causes your allergen to spread through the body faster. It’s not likely it will cause a problem, but it’s better to be safe. In addition, be sure to tell your medical provider about any medications or herbal supplements you might be taking.
Expectations after Treatment
It’s common to stay at the office half an hour after you receive an injection to be sure you don’t develop any side effects, such as a runny nose, itchy eyes, or a tight sensation in the chest or throat. These are uncommon. What is to be expected is swelling or irritation near the injection site that will dissipate after four to eight hours.
Do They Work For All Allergens?
This depends on how many things you’re allergic to and how severe the symptoms are to a specific allergen. Usually, an injection works for common allergens like mold, pet dander, dust mites, and bee stings.
If you are uncomfortable with an injection, there are under the tongue tablets that can be used instead of an injection.
Living with allergies is never a pleasant experience, but there is another option that is all-natural and safe. Allergy immunotherapy is a safe, natural way to train your immune system to stop overreacting to common allergens like pollen and pet dander, effectively ridding you of this aggravating condition.