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With winter here, allergy sufferers can heave a collective sigh of relief as their allergies to pollen and other common outdoor allergens become limited. But, when spring comes around and flowers bloom and trees sprout leaves, outdoor allergies come back and many allergy sufferers long for winter to start again.
It needn’t be that way, though, as effective treatments are available.
An allergy is a reaction of your immune system to a foreign substance. It can be pollen, dander from pets, like dogs and cats, to different types of food. When an allergic reaction occurs, it is because your immune system manufacturers substances called antibodies that respond to a substance called an allergen. The antibodies produced attack the allergen that your immune system reacts to, as it has identified them as harmful – even though the immune system is mistaken. When your immune system makes antibodies, your body may have a reaction that inflames your skin, your airways, or your digestive system.
There are tools that are available to lessen and even eliminate allergies – but for some allergies, the best way to control them is by avoidance. Other methods include nasal sprays, skin creams, eye drops, allergy immunotherapy (allergy shots) and oral medication. This post identifies the benefits and disadvantages of immunotherapy (allergy shots).
When oral medication and/or avoidance of allergens fail to control a patient’s allergic reaction, allergy, shots also known as immunotherapy or allergy desensitization therapy, may be the solution. There are several benefits for patients who get allergy shots and they include:
As with all types of medical procedures and treatments, allergy desensitization has some drawbacks. Following are some of the more common disadvantages of allergy shots:
For more information about allergy treatment and prevention contact any of the 11 Charlotte, NC offices of the Carolina Asthma & Allergy Center. The offices are staffed allergists that are board certified by the American Board of Allergy and Immunology. Get in touch with us today to schedule your appointment.