Mountain Region Family Medicine Now Offering “No Injection-Shotless” Allergy Therapy

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From: Dr. Eric W. Harman

Are allergies making your life miserable? Sublingual allergy therapy might be the answer.

Spring and Fall allergy seasons can be difficult times of the year for those who suffer from allergies. Sneezing, itchy nose and eyes along with sinus pressure and pain can make it hard to work, enjoy fun activities and even get routine things done around the house. Unfortunately, some people have these same symptoms year round.

If you suffer from these allergy symptoms and they are not relieved with over the counter or prescription medications or if you are simple tired of having to take multiple medications for allergy symptom control, then allergy immunotherapy might be something to consider.

Allergy symptoms are caused by over reactions by our body’s immune system to common environmental proteins. Some common environmental allergies involve those related to pollens but also to molds and animal dander as well as dust mites.

Allergy testing can reveal which allergies are most significant in a patient and this can help to know what situations to avoid if possible.

Immunotherapy treatment can reduce our body’s overreaction to allergens by gradually exposing the immune system to the allergens. There are two common types of allergy immunotherapy – allergy shots (subcutaneous) and sublingual therapy. Sublingual therapy has been shown to be effective and safe for allergy treatment even in children and can help allergy related asthma symptoms as well (1,2). And unlike shots, there is less pain and the potential to safely treat multiple allergies.

So if your allergies are making you miserable, check with us to see if sublingual allergy treatment might be right for you.

To schedule an appointment for a free evaluation please call 423-230-2500.

References:

  1. Lin SY, Erekosima N, Kim JM, et al. Sublingual immunotherapy for the treatment of allergic rhinoconjunctivitis and asthma: a systematic review. JAMA. 2013;309(12):1278-1288
  2. Julia M. Kim, Sandra Y. Lin, Catalina Suarez-Cuervo, Yohalakshmi Chelladurai, Murugappan Ramanathan, Jodi B. Segal, and Nkiruka Erekosima. Allergen-Specific Immunotherapy for Pediatric Asthma and Rhinoconjunctivitis: A Systematic Review. Pediatrics, May 6, 2013 DOI: 10.1542/peds.2013-0343