Oakdale ENT has helped thousands of patients breathe easier. It is estimated that 80% of our patients experience significant improvement or complete relief from their symptoms. We tailor a treatment plan for each individual to help ensure the best possible outcome.
Proven Allergy Treatments
Immunotherapy is used to treat the root cause of allergies by building your immune system’s tolerance to allergens over time – to desensitize it – through the use of allergy injections or allergy drops. Oakdale ENT treats allergies to pollens, dusts, molds and animals with these methods.
Allergy Drops, also called sublingual immunotherapy, are given in liquid form, under the tongue, where they stimulate dendritic cells to slowly desensitize to allergens. The drops are taken three times a day safely at home for approximately three to five years, depending on response. Drops are formulated according to allergy testing results, and are the only immunotherapy option for patients on beta blockers.
Allergy Injections are given subcutaneously in the upper arm to patients five years or older, based on individual skin testing results. Initially, allergy shots are given on a weekly basis with the frequency adjusted yearly, dependent on the response to treatment. It is critical to get injections consistently. Treatment typically lasts three to five years. Some individuals may need more time to achieve long-term symptom relief.
Allergy testing, office visits, allergy injections and allergy serum for injections are covered by most insurance companies. However, allergy drops are an out-of-pocket expense.
Avoidance can be a significant factor in managing your allergy symptoms. By eliminating or decreasing your exposure to an allergen, whether it is a food, drug, chemical, animal, pollen, dust, or mold, your symptoms may be minimized, controlled, or even eliminated. Using environmental control measures can help reduce exposure to those antigens that cannot completely be avoided. Our clinicians offer individual guidance based on the results of allergy testing.
Prescription and over-the-counter medications may be used to help combat allergy symptoms. These include oral antihistamines, decongestants, nasal sprays, and saline rinses.
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