Pain Stop Clinics provides allergy testing and allergen immunotherapy.

Allergies are what happens when your immune system is reacting to a foreign substance that doesn’t normally affect most people, such as pollen, dust mites, pet dander, stinging insects, etc. When your body is exposed to anything it thinks is harmful, it produces antibodies to protect itself. Those antibodies can cause inflammation in your sinuses, airways, digestive system, and skin. For some people, those inflammations can be mildly irritating, for others it could lead to a life-threatening emergency called anaphylaxis. Most people think they must suffer with allergies or take allergy medication for the rest of their lives to minimize their symptoms. However, there is another option, allergen immunotherapy can help people to relieve their allergic symptoms, and in some cases even cure the allergy. Discovered in 1911, allergen immunotherapy is still the only known medicine that treats not only the symptoms, but also the causes of allergies

Allergen immunotherapy is a type of treatment therapy that exposes people to various allergens to reduce the allergic reaction by sensitizing them to the substance. The idea is to reduce dependence on allergy medications, creating a lasting cure, or at least a reduction in symptoms. Immunotherapy can take a long time to change the body’s immune system to tolerate the allergens.

There are two types of allergen immunotherapies:

  • Subcutaneous – injections given just under the skin
  • Sublingual – tablets held under the tongue to dissolve

Some Allergies that Can be Treated with Allergen Immunotherapy:

  • Seasonal allergic rhinitis
  • Perennial rhinitis
  • Allergic asthma
  • Eye allergies (conjunctivitis)
  • Insect venom anaphylaxis
  • Atopic dermatitis

Pain Stop Clinics provides allergy testing and allergen immunotherapy. The specialists at Pain Stop Clinics check the patient’s existing medical conditions, medications, and history of their allergic symptoms. They will perform a skin prick test placing a small amount of an antigen to determine what specifically is causing the patient’s allergic reactions. Once they have determined the specific antigens that cause the patient’s allergic symptoms, they will prepare a diluted solution for treatment. That treatment can then be done through subcutaneous immunotherapy or sublingual immunotherapy.

Subcutaneous immunotherapy is completed in phases. For the first six months to a year, the build up phase, the patient is started on a low dose gradually increased to the maintenance level dose, the amount of allergens present in the patients environment that causes their allergic symptoms. This phase can be rushed in patients able to tolerate a higher dose increase each week without a severe allergic reaction. Once the maintenance dose is reached injections are given every two to three weeks with.

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