Immunotherapy is a preventative allergy treatment which alters the immune system so that through a long-term treatment plan, the body will no longer react to troublesome allergens.
How Does Immunotherapy Work?
During immune therapy, our team will give you an allergy shot in the arm that contains a very small dose of the allergen. This treatment desensitizes the body to the allergen, offering relief to your frustrating symptoms. Because the shot does not require muscle penetration, patients typically do not experience soreness or pain.
During the build-up phase which lasts between 2-6 months, the dose of allergen is increased over time until the necessary dosage for immunity is met. After you complete the build-up phase, our team moves into the maintenance phase, which lasts between 3-5 years.
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What Allergies Does Immunotherapy Treat?
Allergy conditions often treated with immunotherapy can include:
Minor symptoms from the allergy shot may appear such as redness, itchiness, or swelling of the injection area. In extremely rare cases, a patient could experience concerning symptoms that require medical attention, which is why we have patients stay at Langford Allergy for 20 minutes after your allergy treatment.
Treat the Root Cause of Your Allergy
Allergy shots, also called immunotherapy, are the only way to successfully treat the cause of the allergy and reduce the number of allergy medications necessary. It is a treatment that requires a time commitment during the initial phase, but the bulk of your treatment course will likely be monthly visits. We offer convenient shot hours at our locations and will work with you to make this treatment less demanding on your schedule.