Immunotherapy is a form of biologic therapy or biotherapy (it is also sometimes referred to as desensitization therapy, provocation neutralization, or “allergy shots”) that has been studied as a solution for allergies since the early 1900’s. Immunotherapy builds up the body’s tolerance to offending allergens through regular subcutaneous injections in increasing dosages of the diluted allergens. Think of it like a vaccine.
Over a period of time, allergy symptoms can be reduced by up to 85%. Increasing the immune system to reactive allergens has benefits beyond symptom relief. Immunotherapy can be a preventative treatment for chronic diseases—particularly in children who may avoid such illnesses as sinusitis, bronchitis, and even asthma if treated early enough.
Immunotherapy presents an option that other treatment plans do not. Avoidance of allergens is not realistic for most patients, and over-the-counter and prescription medications usually include a vast collection of side effects—not to mention costs. Without Immunotherapy, patients essentially have two options: either alter their lives to avoid their allergies (which they may or may not be successful at) or commit to being on medication indefinitely. Most are unaware that there is another option that can permanently reduce their allergies with no side effects and without masking symptoms. Immunotherapy actually changes the way your body reacts to allergens.