Initially we test for about 30 of the more common allergens. These can be divided into seasonal pollens such as trees, grasses and weeds and perennial inhalants such as dust mites, molds and animal dander. Your allergy test will take about two hours to complete. The results will be reviewed with you by one of our Providers.
Immunotherapy treats the root cause of allergies by giving you small doses of what you are allergic to in order to increase your "immunity" or tolerance and reduce the allergy symptoms.
Subcutaneous Immunotherapy (SCIT)
The information we obtain from your test will allow us to tailor a desensitization program for you. This will usually consist of weekly injections. We prefer that you come to our office so we can follow your allergic care more accurately until your maintenance dose is established. At that time other options can be discussed. Rememeber allergy problems are inherited and therefore cannot be totally cured. We plan to control your symptoms with the injection of serum specifically designed for you. Control of symptoms may occasionally be interuppted by development of colds, infection, fatigue or sudden changes in the weather. These interruptions should not discourage you as they should only be temporary and your symptoms should continue to improve as you continue the program.
Sublingual Immunotherapy (SLIT)
Sublingual immuniotherapy is given as drops under the tongue (SCIT). Unlike allergy medicines, which only treat allergy symptoms, SLIT addresses the underlying cause of allergies. The antigens used in drops are the same as in the injections and are prepared the same way. The difference is in the route of administration, a dropper that delivers the antigen under the tongue versus a syringe injecting the antigens into the skin.