ENT & Allergy Specialists North KY

Adult and Pediatric Diseases of the Ear, Nose
and Throat and Allergy, Asthma and Immunology

KY (859) 781-4900 OH (513) 631-1044

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Allergy Immunotherapy


“Get tested, get treated, and get better!”

  • ENT & Allergy Specialists offers 2 types of Immunotherapy, both with the same goal of helping you get over your allergies.
  • Traditional Immunotherapy involves allergy shots, administered at our office or at home, given weekly.
  • Sublingual Immunotherapy involves drops of the same serum, placed under the tongue at home on a daily basis.

Immunotherapy

Immunotherapy, either in the form of traditional shots, or drops placed under the tongue, is designed to address the underlying causes of allergies rather than simply treating symptoms. Immunotherapy involves giving gradually increasing doses of the exact allergens that you are allergic to. This helps your body to build up immunity to what you are allergic to. This differs from other allergy medicines, such as antihistamines and nasal sprays, which do nothing to stop the underlying cause of your allergies.

Your doctor will design a serum specific to you, based on the results of your allergy testing.


How are injections done?

A small amount of your specific allergy serum is injected into the shoulder, typically once per week. Treatment is expected to last anywhere from 3-5 years.


Will I need shots forever?

Most patients are able to stop injections after 3-5 years altogether, once their symptoms have resolved. Occasionally, some patients need to continue shots longer, or continue them every other week or less.


Risks

There is a small danger of anaphylactic shock (a severe allergic reaction) shortly after an injection.

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