Treatment options for allergies include avoidance of the offending allergens, medications, and immunotherapy. There are two forms of immunotherapy currently in practice today that can modulate an allergic individual’s immune response and control symptoms. They include:
• Shots (injection immunotherapy)
• Oral drops (sublingual immunotherapy)
Dr. Lin is one of the only doctors in the area offering the convenience of sublingual allergy therapy, combined with the expertise of an academic sinus center of excellence.
Allergy treatment encompasses different methods of treating and managing allergies, as allergy symptoms and chronic conditions may arise if allergies are left untreated.
Medical therapy for allergies typically involves use of a prescription nasal steroid spray. Other useful medications include antihistamines, which can be in the form of pills, nasal spray, or eye drops. Your doctor can work with you to find the optimal regimen of medications for symptom control.
In the case of managing allergies and allergy symptoms, patients should try and remove triggers from the environment. This may include cleaning for dust more frequently for those who are dust mite allergic and avoiding places where triggers are present in high volume. After allergy testing is complete and the doctor has identified the triggering allergens, your doctor can discuss other behavioral modifications that can be helpful in controlling allergy symptoms.
Immunotherapy is designed to build the body’s defenses toward the specific allergen or range of allergens the patient has sensitivity to. The trigger is introduced into the body in small quantities, so the body is stimulated to build up a better defense system. When undergoing immunotherapy, slightly larger quantities of the trigger are introduced, and the body produces a better defense. In this way, immunotherapy modulates the body into building a better defense against a trigger, such as pollen or ragweed.
Immunotherapy is now available in weekly injections (shots) or sublingual (oral). The Johns Hopkins Sinus Center is proud to be one of the only sublingual immunotherapy allergy treatment centers in the area.