• Your Guide to Allergy Immunotherapy

    Used as an allergy treatment for allergens such as dust mites, tree, grass or weed pollen, mold, animal dander and bee stings, immunotherapy is a popular method of addressing allergies and preventing allergy symptoms. If you’re wondering if immunotherapy could be right for you, then continue reading to learn more about this option.

    Immunotherapy Overview

    Immunotherapy is a type of preventive allergy treatment involving exposure to the substance that the person is allergic to. The patient receives doses of the allergen in incrementally increasing amounts to encourage the immune system to become more tolerant of it. Also, immunotherapy can reduce the characteristic inflammation seen in asthma and rhinitis. Before beginning this type of allergy treatment, your allergist will perform skin tests to confirm what allergens your body has antibodies for. Allergy doctors often recommend immunotherapy for people who have individual sensitivities to several allergens.

    Immunotherapy Types

    Your allergist may recommend one of several types of immunotherapy for your treatment. Allergy shots, or subcutaneous immunotherapy (SCIT), are commonly used options for this method of allergy treatment. SCIT is the only available therapy that can alter a person’s immune system and stop the development of asthma and new allergies. A second option is using allergy drops or sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT). These drops are a widely-accepted form of immunotherapy. Finally, a third option is allergy tablets, which is another form of SLIT. These tablets are a method of treating certain allergies without the use of injections. These tablets work in the same way as SCIT to help the patient’s body build up a resistance to the effects of an allergen and thereby reduce their allergy symptoms.

    At Allergy & Asthma Specialists℠, premier allergy doctors offer diagnostic services and comprehensive allergy care that includes 3 types of immunotherapy near Philadelphia, Blue Bell, King of Prussia, Jenkintown, Doylestown, Lansdale, Pottstown, and Collegeville. Please visit 86cough.com or call 1-800-86COUGH, extension 2 to schedule an appointment.

  • What Causes Hives?

    Patients sometimes wonder what hives are and why they occur. Also known as urticaria, hives affect about 1/5 of all individuals at some point in their lifetime. Hives typically manifest as a patch of itchy skin which later develops itchy, swollen, red welts.

    Hives can be caused by a wide range of situations and substances. Some common triggers for hives include pollen, pet dander, latex, some foods, insect bites and stings, and plants like poison ivy and poison oak. Some other possible causes include blood transfusions, medications, infections, and physical stimuli like heat, cold, sun exposure, pressure, and exercise. To prevent hives, avoid your triggers and visit an allergist for treatment.

    If you’re suffering from hives or other allergy symptoms, then come and see us at Allergy & Asthma Specialists℠. The allergy doctors at our premier practice offer comprehensive allergy diagnostics and treatment. To learn more or to schedule your appointment with an allergy specialist serving Philadelphia, Blue Bell, King of Prussia, Jenkintown, Doylestown, Lansdale, Pottstown, or Collegeville, please call 1-800-86COUGH, extension 2 or visit 86cough.com.