It’s like switching off your allergy
What is Immunotherapy?
Also called desensitisation, immunotherapy changes the way your immune system reacts to allergens. It’s like switching off the allergy. It changes your immunity to allergens which means you can tolerate them with fewer or no symptoms.
How does it work?
Allergen extracts are given to you over time, in gradually larger doses. The allergens can be administered as an injection, or as drops or tablets under the tongue. But its not a quick fix. Immunotherapy treatment takes 3-5 years to be successful.
There is no cure for allergy. There are very effective medications for allergy but immunotherapy can reduce the severity of your symptoms. So you may not need to use medication as frequently, if at all.
Can immunotherapy work for all allergies?
It has not yet been proven that immunotherapy is effective in switching off food allergies. Immunotherapy is not suitable if you have an intolerance rather than an allergy. This includes things like food chemicals, additives, preservatives, artificial colours and smoke.
What are common allergy symptoms?
Signs of a mild to moderate allergic reaction are:
Signs of anaphylaxis (severe allergic reaction) are: