Phoenix Allergen Immunotherapy
At San Tan Allergy & Asthma, we offer allergy shots as a long-term treatment option for the management and potential cure of allergies.
Allergy shots have been an option for treating allergies since allergies were first described over 100 years ago. Allergy shots, also known as allergen immunotherapy (or “IT”), work by teaching your body to stop reacting in a negative way to the things that it may be allergic against. Allergen IT involves the injection of increasing doses of allergens under the skin in the back of the arm. When performed according to guidelines, it can be a very effective treatment for reducing allergy symptoms, working in about 80% of patients and resulting in allergy relief. Allergen IT is different from other treatment options in that it is a curative type of therapy that continues to work even after the treatment is stopped.
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Why not allergy drops?
Although there are some practices that offer allergy drops as a “cutting edge” type of treatment for allergies, the physicians at San Tan Allergy & Asthma have chosen not to offer this type of treatment as it is not FDA approved and there is very little evidence to suggest that it is any more effective than placebo at treating allergic conditions. Although there are studies ongoing to determine if sublingual allergen immunotherapy (administering increasing doses of allergen under the tongue to reduce a person’s allergic sensitivity), they generally involve much higher doses of allergen than are administered through allergen drops. In other countries, sublingual immunotherapy involves the administration of allergen tablets under the tongue. It seems to be most effective in patients who have only one or two allergies rather than multiple allergies.
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