I am a true believer of Immunotherapy as I am a patient myself. I suffered long enough with minimal improvement in my symptoms while using prescription medications, including nasal steroid sprays and antihistamines. There were also side effects such as nasal tissue burning, bad taste and drowsiness. I decided to bring Allergy Testing Immunotherapy to Miramont Family Medicine. I finally had improvement with my symptoms and was able to stop my medications and their side-effects.
Allergy testing is a relatively safe procedure that involves either skin pricks and/or a blood test of several allergens of the environment, including pollen from trees, weeds, grass, animal dander and molds. A hive or wheal is a positive reaction that is measured at 20 minutes and we can then determine what you are allergic to and its severity. From this a patient-specific subcutaneous or sublingual (i.e. shot or drop under the tongue) immunotherapy is made and used to desensitize your immune system over a titration period of about 3 months. Once you have reached your maintenance dose (about 3 months) your symptoms will be close to 80-95% better! You will continue immunotherapy for a period of 3-5 years. Skin testing can be done on a patient as young as 5 years of age due to its mild discomfort while sublingual immunotherapy is safe and easy to do in children as young as 2 years of age. The winter season is the best time to start immunotherapy as it is typically a low allergy season for most, therefore we are able to titrate up faster to reach your maintenance dose.
Food allergies are also a very pressing problem in our community. Symptoms may include headache, fatigue or irritable bowel just to mention a few. We will discuss and provide guidance with the ‘Caveman Diet’ and ‘Challenge’ trials of the 6 most common foods and expand as needed. A blood test can be done in our office to help determine if you have any food allergies.
Call to schedule your allergy consultation Miramont Family Medicine 970-225-5000.