Minimize Allergy Related Symptoms with Immunotherapy
Allergy testing and immunotherapy together can be utilized to minimize allergy-related symptoms. The process starts with allergy testing in which one of our medical physicians will perform a series of diagnostic tests to determine the substances to which you are allergic.
The most common test used to make this determination is the skin scratch test. In this test, the doctor will prick your skin with different common allergens and gauge the level of reaction your skin has to the substance. This can help determine the severity of the allergy. Once the allergy is identified, you can then undergo immunotherapy. This treatment involves allergy shots that gradually expose the bloodstream to the allergen to help the body develop an immunity and reduce symptoms. If you do not wish to undergo immunotherapy, another allergy treatment option includes drops.
What to Expect During Your Allergy Treatment Appointments
The first appointment will be largely diagnostic so that your doctor can determine what your allergens are and the severity of your reactions. If the allergens are completely unknown at the start of your first appointment, your doctor will start with the skin scratch test. Total Health Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Center tests for over 80 different kinds of antigens including grass, trees, cats and dogs.
After your allergies are identified, your doctor will make a recommendation for a customized treatment plan specifically for you. The doctor will then have you back in for a series of sessions in which they will perform the immunotherapy treatment which can be in the form of injections or drops under the tongue. The necessary treatment time varies for each patient based on their individual health condition.
Benefits of Allergy Testing and Immunotherapy at Our Florham Park Integrated Medical Clinic
Allergy shots (immunotherapy) work like a vaccine. When administered, the body responds to injected amounts of a particular allergen that is gradually increased in dose. This helps the patient to develop an immunity or tolerance to the allergen.
There are two phases to allergy shots and they include the build-up phase and the maintenance phase. During the build-up phase, our patients receive injections with an increasing amount of the allergens approximately one to two times per week. The length of time for this phase is generally 3-6 months. The maintenance phase begins when the effective dose is reached. Dependent upon the level of allergen sensitivity and patient response, there will be a range of two to four weeks between treatments during this phase. The medical professionals at our facility will recommend what range is best for each patient.
Why You Should Choose Total Health Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Center for Allergy Testing and Immunotherapy
At Total Health Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Center, we believe in customized and personalized treatment plans to maintain overall health. Treatment plans can include everything from acupuncture to physical therapy and more. We are happy to offer allergy testing and immunotherapy as a part of a variety of wellness services that keep our patients happy and healthy.