What is Allergen Immunotherapy?

Allergen immunotherapy, commonly known as allergy desensitization, is a therapeutic approach aimed at reducing the severity of allergic reactions in individuals with allergies to substances such as pollen, dust mites, pet dander, or insect venom.

While it doesn’t provide an immediate cure, allergen immunotherapy can lead to long-lasting relief, improved quality of life, and a reduced reliance on allergy medications. This treatment is administered under medical supervision by allergists, like Drs. Bassirpour and Walters, to ensure safety and effectiveness.

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How Does It Work?

This treatment may involve regular injections of gradually increasing amounts of the specific allergen to which the patient is allergic. At Laguna Allergy, we also offer FDA-approved tablets that patients can take. Over time, allergen immunotherapy helps the immune system become less reactive to the allergen, ultimately reducing allergy symptoms.

Am I a Candidate?

Allergen immunotherapy is particularly helpful for patients whose symptoms are not well-controlled with medications, experience significant side effects from medications, or prefer a more lasting solution. 

What are Subcutaneous Allergy Shots?

Subcutaneous allergy shots involve injecting small but gradually increasing doses of specific allergens (such as pollen, dust mites, or pet dander) just beneath the skin. Over time, subcutaneous allergy shots help the immune system become less reactive to these allergens, reducing the severity of allergic reactions and symptoms.

This treatment is highly effective for managing allergic rhinitis, allergic asthma, and stinging insect allergies. It requires a series of injections, usually over several years, but it can lead to long-lasting symptom relief and may even modify the course of the allergy, providing substantial benefits for patients with moderate to severe allergies.

What are Sublingual Allergy Tablets?

Sublingual allergy tablets contain tiny amounts of specific allergens and are placed under the tongue (sublingually) where they dissolve. Over time, regular administration of these tablets helps desensitize the immune system to the allergens, reducing the severity of allergic reactions. Sublingual allergy tablets are a convenient treatment option for some patients, as they can be taken at home rather than in a medical setting, making them an alternative to traditional allergy shots.

At Laguna Allergy, we provide FDA-approved tablets, which provide long-term relief from allergy symptoms, such as sneezing, runny nose, and itchy eyes.

Schedule Allergen Immunotherapy in Aliso Viejo, CA

While allergen immunotherapy is a safe and effective treatment for certain allergies, it is essential to consult with our board certified allergists to find out which method is appropriate for you or your child’s specific allergens and condition. To get started with an appointment in Aliso Viejo, call 949-287-4900 or click the button below. Drs. Gillian Bassirpour and Kristen Walters, our board certified allergists, can provide the care that you and your loved ones deserve.

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Our dedicated team goes above and beyond to provide personalized and exceptional care, ensuring every patient receives the highest level of attention, comfort, and satisfaction. Call (949) 287-4900 or fill out the form below to get elevated allergy care today!