Allergy symptoms can include respiratory symptoms, such as itchy eyes, nose or throat; nasal congestion, runny nose, watery eyes, chest congestion or wheezing. Skin symptoms may manifest as hives or generalized itchiness. When this is not enough, medications such as intranasal steroid sprays, antihistamines, leukotriene inhibitors and anti-inflammatory agents can be used to suppress symptoms. When this fails, allergy shots are often helpful.
During your appointment with Dr. Wall you will be asked about symptoms that may indicate a sensitivity to a food or an airborne agent (eg, pollen, dust). You may receive a recommendation to undergo allergy testing, which can include a blood test or one of several types of skin tests. Each has its advantages and disadvantages. Depending upon your level of sensitivity, Dr. Wall will make recommendations about allergy treatment options. These include conservative measures to reduce exposure, versus medications, versus immunotherapy.
Allergy shots contain small amounts of allergens. They are given on a regular schedule so that your body gets used to the allergens and no longer overreacts to them.
Allergy shots are only used when the allergens you're sensitive to can be identified and when you can't avoid them. It takes several months to years, and you may need to resume treatments to replenish blocking antibodies in the future.
For some patients Allergy Drops (Sub lingual) Therapy may be an alternative way to deliver treatment.