In recent years, medical researchers have made great strides in the field of allergy care. Still, no one has yet invented a cure-all, an antidote to put an end to everyone's allergies. The closest thing to a cure for allergic symptoms is immunotherapy, otherwise known as allergy shots.
We at McGovern Allergy and Asthma Clinic are dedicated to bringing our patients the best in immunotherapy treatments. Once you make an appointment with one of our specialists, your medical history will be examined and, if necessary, your physician will order an allergy work-up, or series of tests. Once the results have been examined, a course of treatment will be designed specifically for your condition. At that time, you will be evaluated for immunotherapy, as well as any other methods of treatment that may alleviate your allergy symptoms.
Research has shown that in addition to curbing many types of allergic reactions, including reactions to pollen, dust mites, and pet dander, immunotherapy can also be most effective against allergic asthma. Accounting for 80 percent of asthma cases, allergic asthma is caused by inflammation in the airways brought on by allergies to certain substances.
Immunotherapy works by injecting a tiny amount of a given allergen into a patient's body subcutaneously. The treatment is not appropriate for all patients or for all conditions, so if you are considering it, you will need to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the procedure with your physician. To learn whether you are a candidate for immunotherapy, we invite you to schedule an appointment with one of our allergists.