An allergic response is best thought of as an “overreaction” by your immunity system. Sneezing, watering eyes, swelling, and other allergic reactions all serve a useful purpose under normal circumstances. When you have a foreign particle in your eye, for example, your eyes water to lubricate the surface and make it easier to remove the particle. When a muscle is injured, swelling occurs in the area as white blood cells and other parts of the immunity system rush to the injured area to mitigate and repair the damage.
An allergy is a condition where a person has a sensitivity to a substance that triggers this kind of extreme immunity response. For some, the allergen may be inhaled, such as pollen, during the pollen season. For others, an allergic response only occurs if the allergen is ingested such as a dairy, or peanut allergy. For still others, physical contact may be enough, like an allergy to pet dander or saliva.
Allergies are not diseases. You can’t “catch” an allergy to peanuts, for example, by being in the same room as someone that has a peanut allergy. Allergies are normally passed down through hereditary lines, so if you have allergies, there is a chance you may transmit allergies to your children.
Allergies are a condition, although they don’t always manifest in childhood. In some cases, a person may not show an allergic reaction for decades until they are an adult. However, once the allergic reaction is in place, it is there for a lifetime. There is no way to cure an allergy.
There is, however, a way to manage the symptoms. One way is through medications, while another is immunotherapy or cluster immunotherapy.
Identifying The Problem
Anyone interested in managing allergies must first find out what the exact allergy is. People who have allergies during pollen season, for example, have dozens of potential culprits to choose from for what is causing a reaction. So one of the key first steps in undertaking allergy testing to identify the exact cause.
This may be done with food testing, skin testing, or blood tests. While the methods differ a lot, the basic principle is the same. Testing is about exposing a person, or an aspect of the person’s symptom, to different possible allergens, and then observing whether a reaction occurs or not. Once the issue has been identified, treatment can begin.
How Cluster Immunotherapy Works
Immunotherapy is a system of vaccines formulated specifically to the needs of a person with allergies. In normal immunotherapy, these tailor-made vaccines are slowly administered over a period of months, until the “peak” level of immunity has been achieved, at which point, only the occasional maintenance vaccine is required.
Cluster immunotherapy is an accelerated version of this that takes weeks of vaccines and condenses them into hours. In this way, the same level of immunity is achieved after just one or two days, depending on the frequency of injections.
With cluster immunotherapy, the allergy is not completely eliminated, but a drastic reduction in the allergic reaction is achieved. If your lifestyle requires you to expose yourself to allergens you react to, cluster immunotherapy may be one way to very quickly manage this issue. Talk to a medical specialist about getting diagnosed and getting treated, so you can start fighting back against your allergies.