Allergy Desensitization

Free Yourself from Allergy Symptoms

Allergy Desensitization

Understanding Allergies

60 Million people in the U.S. Population suffer from allergies.  That’s enough people to classify allergy as an epidemic, but most of the people who have allergies are never actually diagnosed. Most people do know that something is interfering with their daily activities. Others feel that their symptoms are normal daily occurrences, take daily allergy medications for symptom relief and excuse away their allergies and the medication side effects.

Common Allergy Symptoms:

  • Coughing
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Runny nose
  • Headaches
  • Difficulty concentrating

What causes allergies?

Allergies happen when your body’s immune system reacts to substances that wouldn’t cause a reaction in most people.  The immune system function is to help your body fight intruders such as parasites, bacteria, or viruses.  If you’re allergic, your immune system reacts toward natural substances the same way it would react toward something harmful.  Your immune system “misreads” something that is otherwise completely harmless.

Types of Allergies

Respiratory Allergies

Respiratory allergies are the most common allergies.  Symptoms include sneezing, itchy and watery eyes and nose, and wheezing.  Hay fever (also known as rhinitis) and/or asthma are the most common ways for respiratory allergies to manifest themselves.  You know your respiratory system usually is affected if you’re allergic to tree pollen, grass pollen, animals, molds, and house dust mites.

Food Allergies

Allergy Desensitization

Eczema, diarrhea, nausea, swelling of the throat, hypertension and, in worst cases, anaphylaxis are all signs of a food allergy.  (Signs of an anaphylactic reaction can include difficulty breathing, wheezing, chest tightness, nausea, or dizziness.  Medical attention should be sought immediately.)  Cow’s milk, egg proteins, soy, peanuts, and fish are the most common foods that cause allergies.

Skin-related Allergies

Contact allergy, contact dermatitis or eczema, is the term used for an over-reaction in the skin caused by direct contact with certain substances (allergens) in our environment. This reaction can be either be allergic or non-allergic in nature.  The two reactions often look the same.  The way to distinguish between the two is to perform an allergy test.

Insect Allergies

Allergy to insect stings occurs as a severe local skin reaction, exhaustion, dizziness, swelling of the throat and, in worst cases, anaphylaxis.

Allergies May Develop into Asthma

Studies have shown that children who suffer hay fever are more likely to develop asthma.  Allergic rhinitis and asthma are part of the same condition that can co-exist in up to 80% of patients.  This means that by treating the cause of your allergies, you may prevent the progression of allergies to asthma or reduce asthma attacks.

Testing for Allergies

Immunotherapy

A skin test involves either a gentle prick with a drop of allergen extract on the surface of your arm or an injection of small amount of allergen extract into the skin.  This method may result in mild swelling and a reddening of the skin, which tells the doctor that you have an allergy.  For most patients this method requires about one hour and is not very painful.

Treatment of Allergies: Medication vs. Desensitization

Allergy Medication

  1. Temporarily desensitize the patient by taking anti-histamines
  2. Has side-effects consisting of drowsiness, loss of concentration, increased anxiety, nausea, loss of libido, depression, fatigue, loss of appetite, difficulty with urination, tremors, dry mouth, gastritis, and dizziness.
  3. Not allergen specific.
  4. Costs thousands of dollars over the course of a lifetime.

Allergy Desensitization

  1. Permanently desensitizes the patient to allergens within 1-5 years
  2. No side effects whatsoever
  3. Customized antigen scientifically created for each patient by testing for fifty or more geographically specific allergens
  4. Most insurance companies cover all the costs

Desensitization is the Best Treatment for Allergies

Allergy Desensitization is a clinically documented treatment that considerably reduces or completely removes your allergy symptoms and the need for transitional, symptom-relieving medication.  Until your immune system has had time to adjust, you may still need the medication you are already using.

After three to six months, your need for drugs may decrease and your symptoms may become less severe.  An additional effect of Desensitization is that it may prevent the onset of other allergies and the development of asthma.  Studies have shown that children who were at an increased risk of developing asthma were able to resist the onset of asthma and see their existing symptoms decrease after completing treating. 

This treatment has a long-standing effect after it is discontinued.  New scientific studies have shown that results are maintained for five to ten years after the course of allergy desensitization has been completed.

Among the wide variety of treatment possibilities available today, allergy desensitization is the only treatment that targets the cause of allergy and alters the natural cause of the disease which, for many patients:

  • May lead to an improved quality of life
  • An end to discomfort and feeling ill
  • Consuming less symptomatic drugs in the case of respiratory allergies
  • Freedom playing soccer, golf or tennis during allergy season.
  • Fewer problems having pets at home or seeing people with pets
  • The elimination of the constant fear of being stung in the case of insect alert

How does Allergy Desensitization work?

During the treatment, the immune system is gradually desensitized through injections of small doses of specific allergenic proteins extracted from natural allergen sources:  pollen (from grass, trees, etc.), house dust mites, animals, insects, and more.  You eventually grow accustomed to the allergens that normally caused an allergic reaction.