Common Conditions Addressed
- Rhinitis (Hay Fever)
- Chronic Cough
- Immune System Deficiency
- Urticaria (Hives)
- Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema)
- Contact Dermatitis (Skin Allergy)
- Latex Allergy
- Metal or Chemical Allergy
- Eye Allergy
- Food Allergy
- Drug Allergy
- Insect Allergy
- Angioedema (Allergic Swelling)
- Eosinophilic Esophagitis
- Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
Allergists aren’t just about giving allergy shots. The first line therapy for many allergic and sinus conditions involves avoidance, or medication treatment, or both. Medications range from antihistamines, nasal steroid aerosols, antihistamine nasal aerosols, antibiotics, and inhaled asthma medications.
Allergen Immunotherapy (Allergy Shots)
Immunotherapy is the process of injecting a person with the allergens to which he or she is allergic. We start with a concentration that is 1/1000 of the maintenance concentration. The dosage is increased with a very small volume until a full maintenance dose is reached. This take approximately 26 injections. Once the patient is at their maximum dose, they continue their shots once a week. Later injections may be spaced out at 2, 3 or 4 weeks depending on the evaluation and progress of the patient.
This form of immunotherapy is used to treat severe bee or wasp sting allergies. The treatment is intended to reduce the allergic reactions of any later stings. These injections are given with increasing dosage for a period of time. When the maximum dosage is reached the injections are taken once a month to continue protection from further stings.
Sublingual Tablet Immunotherapy
This product is only available for certain grass or ragweed allergies. It is a prescription medicine that can assist in the treatment of a runny, itchy, or congested nose or itchy, watery eyes. This medicine is taken about 12 weeks before the gras or ragweed pollen season begins . It can also be taken for several years.
Sublingual Immunotherapy (Allergy Drops)
Sublingual immunotherapy or SLIT involves taking the allergy serum and placing two drops under the tongue daily. This can be done by the patient at home instead of coming to the clinic once a week for an injection. Currently, the few clinical trials done have shown it to be not as effective as injections. Additionally, most insurances consider it to be experimental and will not cover the costs associated with it.
Xolair is a monoclonal antibody treatment that helps decrease allergic response in the body. It is used to treat moderate to severe asthma or urticaria. The Xolair antibodies bind up the type IgE antibody your immune system made. IgE antibodies are involved in allergies and fighting parasites. Fortunately, parasites aren’t a big concern for most of us.