More than 50 million people in the United States suffer from allergies, which is the sixth-leading cause of chronic illness. There’s no cure for allergies, but immunotherapy has made great strides. The team at Atlantic Coast Physical Medicine, and staff offer immunotherapy, which provides a long-term solution for patients in Summerville and Mount Pleasant, South Carolina whose lives are hampered by chronic allergies. To learn more, call one of the two locations or use the online scheduling tool to request an appointment.
If you suffer from chronic allergies, you typically have three choices:
Trigger avoidance works well if you’re allergic to very few things, and you don’t have to come into contact with them very often. But, if you’re among the millions of people who have allergies against very common substances, such as pollen, mold, dust, or pet dander, avoidance isn’t typically a practical solution.
Daily medications are effective, but many people don’t like the side effects of these drugs, namely drowsiness.
One of the best solutions for chronic allergies is immunotherapy, which tackles the problem in an effective and long-lasting way by controlling, and even eliminating, your allergy.
Immunotherapy uses extracts of natural allergens, such as pollen, mold spores, dust mites, and animal dander, to help you gradually build up a tolerance toward the substance. Your doctor uses tiny amounts of these allergens, which are collected from their natural source and dissolved in sterile liquid solutions, and introduces them slowly to your immune system through injections.
Over time, your doctor gradually increases the amount of allergen exposure so that your body grows accustomed to it and doesn’t react. By doing this, your doctor desensitizes your body to the allergens that were once a source of misery.
As your immunotherapy treatment progresses, you continue to receive the effective allergen dose to maintain your results.
Allergy immunotherapy has been around for 100 years, which means the safety profile of this
therapy is well known. At Atlantic Coast Physical Medicine, the health care providers use immunotherapy on children and adults, and even pregnant women.
Because your doctor is injecting you with an allergen, you may experience a mild reaction, such as redness or itching at the injection site, but your doctor easily manages these reactions, so they rarely interfere with ongoing treatment. Still, it’s for this reason that allergy immunotherapy always has close medical supervision at Atlantic Coast Physical Medicine
Medical studies have shown that up to 85% of people treated with immunotherapy for hay fever may find symptom relief within the first year of starting immunotherapy. Many of the patients at Atlantic Coastal Physical Medicine require fewer allergy medications and experience an improved quality of life.
If you’d like to explore what immunotherapy can do for you, call Atlantic Coast Physical Medicine, or use the online scheduler to book an appointment.