Clear Allergy treats patient of all ages for their allergies and asthma. For those suffering from allergic conditions, the first step is to identify the cause of your symptoms to determine the most effective treatment. We can test for a variety of allergies including environmental allergies, medication allergies, fire ant or bee allergies, and also food allergies. There are several types of allergy tests available, but the most commonly used is the skin (or scratch test) for food and aeroallergens.
What causes allergies?
Generally, an allergic reaction occurs when a person develops “allergic” antibodies, called IgE, which are specific for an allergen. The IgE antibodies bind tightly to mast cells or basophils, in the skin, airways, gastrointestinal tract and around blood vessels. The allergic cells get activated when the bound IgE recognizes an allergen. These cells then release histamine, a chemical that can cause symptoms such as, runny nose, sneezing, itching, and hives.
Determining the Allergen. Which allergen is attacking your system? Allergy symptoms occur frequently with pollen, dust mites, airborne molds, and other aeroallergens. One of the first steps in effective allergy treatment is to undergo skin testing to identify the IgE-mediated allergy so that we can help eliminate the cause of your symptoms. Skin testing provides quick and accurate results with minimal discomfort as there are no needles involved.
Once we determine the cause of your symptoms, Dr. Kavosh can develop a treatment plan that will provide you with the best results. One of the best ways to treat allergies is to undergo a series of injections often referred to as “allergy shots.” Allergy shots are injections you receive at regular intervals which will stop or reduce allergy attacks. Each allergy shot contains a tiny amount of the specific substance or substances that trigger your allergic reactions. Over time, your doctor increases the dose of allergens in each of your allergy shots. This helps get your body used to the allergens (desensitization). Your immune system then builds up a tolerance to the allergens, causing relief from your symptoms.
For the best results from your allergy shot treatment, Dr. Kavosh creates a custom serum based on the individual results of your skin testing. The allergy serum will be designed to meet the severity of your sensitivity to a certain allergen. The antigens will be grouped and placed in different treatment vials to maintain a therapeutic dose of each allergen. After Dr. Kavosh determines your appropriate serum “recipe”, serums are then prepared in our office to provide ultimate quality control.
We know that time is limited for most people, so we offer treatment options that provide maximum relief without a huge time commitment. The goal of Rush Immunotherapy is to raise the serum dose as quickly as possible without causing additional allergic reactions from you. This treatment option helps to bring optimum relief to a patient quickly. Because individual patients vary in their tolerance to allergens, the Rush procedure is done in our office where you will be closely monitored to minimize uncomfortable side effects. The dose will be increased over the course of 4-6 hours to get you closer to the target maintenance dose. After the Rush procedure, most patients start to feel like themselves again as they finally have relief from the allergies that have been plaguing their systems! After the initial procedure is completed, you will return weekly for s short period of time, then just a quick monthly visit is all that is required for most people to keep symptoms under control.
Alternatives to allergy shots
Unlike medications that treat the symptoms for a few hours, the allergy shot can change the way your body deals with allergies, but not everyone is willing or able to undergo regular shots. Shots usually provide the best treatment, but depending on your situation, alternative management may be an option. Sublingual immunotherapy may be affective depending on the severity of your symptoms, and for those with mild, seasonal allergies, management with prescription medications may be an option. Dr. Kavosh can discuss your treatment options during your initial allergy testing appointment.