Allergies aren’t curable, but they can be controlled. Allergy & Asthma Centers S.C. understand that controlling allergies includes three methods: avoidance, medication, and desensitization shots (only in some cases). There are no quick fixes to allergies, and treating them requires patience, understanding, and compassion. When providing allergy treatments at our Wauwatosa, WI location, we work with you to create a plan to fit your lifestyle. We’ll provide you with educational materials and other helpful tools that guide you on how to best control and manage your allergies. You’re enabled to live with minimal or no interference from your allergies with these educational tools and prevention methods.
Information About Allergy Shots
While not all patients are recommended for desensitization shots, many do require them to control their symptoms. These shots are comprised of weekly injections of the very allergens you’re allergic to, which effectively relieve asthma and nasal symptoms from pollen and dust mites. The usual routine includes one shot every week for the initial seven to 24 months. This builds up a maintenance concentration. As you improve, your interval between shots stretches to two, three, and then four weeks. While the shot program’s length can vary, you should expect a five-year program. After the program, your symptoms might stay away for several years. On occasion, symptoms may happen again after the shots have stopped. When this happens, we may need to restart the shots.
We prefer that these shots are given only by a nurse or physician, due to the risk of a severe systemic reaction. Do not give yourself these injections, and we also discourage parents from giving them to their children. Patients are required to remain in the office for 30 minutes after their shot so staff can monitor symptoms or local reactions before leaving. While it rarely happens, it’s more likely for you to develop a systemic allergic reaction if you show moderate allergic symptoms, are wheezing, or if you have a cold or sinus infection. A systemic reaction can include symptoms like a drop in blood pressure, itching, sneezing, wheezing, and other issues. If you are feeling ill, we recommend that you see your primary care doctor to receive treatment for your illness. Once that’s taken care of, we can continue your shot schedule.
Oral Therapy for Ragweed & Grass Allergies
Back in early April 2014, under-the-tongue oral dissolving tablets were approved by the FDA to treat nose and eye allergies to grass pollen (during May-June) and ragweed pollen (during August-September). Approval is still pending for dust mite tablets. These tablets are taken daily, and it is recommended that your first dose be taken under the supervision of an allergist. The rest of the tablets may be taken at home. You may start treatment before the allergy season (three to four months prior), or they can be taken daily throughout the entire year. Side effects for these tablets may include itching, swelling, or pain in the mouth, throat, or ear. To discuss your treatment options, call us today at (414) 475-9101 (Wauwatosa, WI location).