Immunotherapy is effective for the treatment of allergic rhinitis, asthma, and venom/fire ant allergy for appropriate patients. It consists of a series of injections (shots) of a solution containing the substances to which you are allergic (allergens).
Allergy Drops by Allergy Docs - Of all the treatments available to treat allergies, only one treatment has the potential to cure them: immunotherapy, a century old form of treatment with natural extracts, such as pollens, animal dander and insect venoms.
Environmental allergies are those allergies that occur when an individual reacts to an allergen in their physical environment. These are reactions that can be taken to mean indoor allergens, such as dust mites, and outdoor allergens, such as tree pollen, grass, and weed pollen.
Drug allergies occur when a person's immune system develops antibodies in reaction to the presence of foreign proteins in the drug. The next time the drug is introduced into the bloodstream, those antibodies release histamines, which cause symptoms ranging from a mild rash to hives to swelling of the throat and loss of consciousness.
People who have an insect sting allergy suffer a stronger-than-normal reaction to insect stings due to an overreaction of their immune systems. Their immune systems produce antibodies (which in turn release histamines) in reaction to the insect's venom.
Sinuses are hollow cavities found in the skull that contain a layer of mucus and cells that help trap and expel bacteria and other pollutants. Sinuses are found behind and between the eyes, behind the cheekbones, and in the forehead. When the lining of the sinuses become inflamed, it is called sinusitis, or a sinus infection.
Food allergy is an abnormal response to a food triggered by the body's immune system. Food allergy refers to a particular type of response of the immune system in which the body produces what is called an allergic, or IgE, antibody to a food. (IgE, or immunoglobulin E, is a type of protein that works against a specific food.)
Answers about allergic rhinitis (Hay Fever)
What is allergic rhinitis?
Allergic rhinitis (also called "hay fever") happens when you breathe in something you are allergic to, and the inside of your nose becomes inflammed or swollen. Allergic rhinitis affects 40 million people in the United States.
What is Immunotherapy?
Immunotherapy (allergy shots) is a treatment used to alleviate allergic symptoms of hay fever or asthma by administering injections of substances called allergens, such as pollens, mold spores, dust mites, animal dander, or insects to which an individual has been found to be allergic by skin testing.
What is an Allergy
An allergy is a specific reaction of the body's immune system to a normally harmless substance, one that does not bother most people. People who have allergies often are sensitive to more than one substance. Types of allergens that cause allergic reactions include: