What Is Immunotherapy?
The second method, which is referred to as Immunotherapy may be necessary when the offending allergen cannot be avoided. This type of treatment is utilized when the sensitivity is to airborne seasonal pollen grains, mold spores, and dust. It is obvious that when these factors are present, their complete elimination is impossible.
Does Immunotherapy Work?
Yes! Immunotherapy is very successful. It has been shown that 90% of patients who are consistent with their treatment have shown significant improvement.
How Long Does It Take?
Full treatment will take 3-5 years. In the beginning of your treatment, you will need to return once a week for an injection. However, once a maintenance level has been reached you will probably only need an injection every 1-2 months. This may also change depending on you.
How Long Does It Last?
Before beginning immunotherapy you must remember that this is not a cure for your allergies. The amount of time you will be symptom free is directly proportionate to the amount of time you’ve been treated. If you have been treated for four years than the likelihood of having at least four years without symptoms is extremely high.
“I never have to take antihistamines, decongestants, or prescription intranasal sprays ever again.”
You will probably, from time to time need to take one or more of these medications. Especially the first year of your treatment. Remember, the goal of immunotherapy is to build your immune system up to resist the allergens you are allergic to. Until, you have reached a maintenance level you will probably need additional therapy to control your symptoms.
“I’ll never have to take shots again once I get better.”
You will start feeling better in about 6 months to a year. However, if shots are then stopped you will start having symptoms again.
“Missing one shot will not set me back that much.”
Missing a shot will set you back quite a bit. We understand that you have a life and that coming to the office once a week will create some problems; therefore we are here to work something out for you. Our goal is to make you feel better and we will do everything we can to achieve this.