Safe and Effective Allergy Treatment Options for Patients of South Arizona Sinus
Allergy drops are a convenient form of sublingual immunotherapy allergy relief which do not involve painful shots. Allergy drops are placed under the tongue using a dropper, making them a convenient option for both adults and kids with busy schedules.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have reported that allergies impact the lives of more than 50 million Americans, making it the 6th leading cause of chronic illness with a total economic cost of $18 billion dollars to our nation’s economy.
If you are one of these allergy sufferers, then you deserve a life free of allergy symptoms, a life that can be lived to the fullest. The allergy-free life is possible and can be achieved with safe and effective immunotherapy for allergies.Schedule an Appointment with Dr. Gordon
Why is allergy season so intense for some people?
The immune system is the body’s natural defense, protecting it from infection and disease. The immune system guards the body by attacking harmful substances and keeping them under control. However, the immune system is not perfect and sometimes mistakenly attacks a harmless substance (an allergen). For patients in Tucson, Nogales, Willcox, Sierra Vista, and Green Valley, many common allergens are present throughout the year and seasonal allergies may last longer and increase in intensity.
A skin prick test can test up to 40 allergens by pricking your skin with a small amount of that substance. Your skin’s reaction can reveal if your body is allergic to that allergen. Whether you’re given a skin prick or blood test, an allergy test may not reveal the full picture of your sinus health.
A comprehensive allergy test and discovery process should include the following:
Common allergens include:
- Dust mites
- Pollen from trees and flowering plants
- Mold (indoor and outdoor)
- Pet dander from household animals
What can happen if I don’t find seasonal allergy treatments?
When an allergen comes in contact with the body, the immune system reacts with an allergy attack. This immune system response will produce allergy symptoms such as:
- Respiratory problems
- Runny nose
- Itchy and watery eyes
Allergy attacks and their symptoms make daily life difficult for allergy sufferers. These symptoms often result in a lack of focus at work/school, decreased enjoyment of outdoor activities, and reduced quality of life.
As a result, patients are often motivated to seek symptom relief from over-the-counter (OTC) medications which temporarily mask the symptoms without addressing the underlying cause of the allergy attack.
Tiny particles of dust and pollen are usually filtered out through the nasal passages or airways, or pass over our skin without harm. Our immune system sometimes mistakes harmless foreign substances as being harmful. When this occurs, the immune system labels the substance as an unwanted guest and produces antibodies in defense. This reaction leads to all of the miserable symptoms which allergy sufferers experience.
Ok, so how do I get rid of allergies fast? Can I expect to live a normal life in spite of having allergies?
If you're want to know how to get rid of allergies fast, t’s time to connect with an Allergy expert. A professional allergist, like Dr. James Gordon, can develop a personalized treatment plan to relieve allergy symptoms. Stop suffering with miserable allergy symptoms like sneezing, stuffiness, puffy eyes or red, itchy, irritated skin. Some allergic reactions can even be responsible for difficulty breathing, fatigue and exhaustion.
Immunotherapy for allergies is a systematic treatment plan, developed for each individual patient that gets to the root of the allergy problem and results in long-lasting relief.
Immunotherapy is a Modern Solution to Allergy Treatment at Home
Unlike over-the-counter medications, immunotherapy works directly with the body’s immune system to prevent the underlying allergy attack. Because each person has a unique allergy profile, the first step in immunotherapy involves in-depth allergy testing to customize an individual treatment plan.
Once a plan is developed, the treatment process begins to slowly and systematically introduce trace amounts of the allergen into the system in order to retrain and empower the immune system; teaching it to reduce and potentially eliminate the attack. Immunotherapy may take three to five years; however, symptoms may begin to reduce in frequency and intensity within the early months.
Does Dr. Gordon recommend Allergy Shots or Allergy Drops?
Which is most effective? Let's take a look.
Immunotherapy for allergy relief provides individualized options that are as unique as you are, that can work to provide long-term relief. A treatment plan, developed by your allergy specialist, will result in greater compliance, higher levels of satisfaction, and better outcomes for each patient. There are two primary immunotherapy treatment options:
Allergy Shots: Subcutaneous Immunotherapy for Allergies (SCIT)
While it's true that allergy shots are a safe and effective solution for long-term allergy relief, they tend to involve much more time in receiving treatment. Shots in the doctor’s office on a regular schedule are typical. Early in the treatment process, this may require weekly or bi-weekly visits to the office; however, the schedule may become less frequent as the immune system responds to treatment.
Allergy Drops: Sublingual Immunotherapy for Allergies (SLIT)
Allergy drops involve the same testing and treatment planning as allergy shots; however, the patient can self-administer the treatment from the comfort of home, the office, or any place and time that is convenient.
The allergy drop treatment plan involves following a daily schedule to slowly and safely introduce the allergen into the body, reprograming the immune system to respond naturally to harmless allergens.