Get Your Allergies Under Control with Allergy Testing and Immunotherapy

Allergies are one of the most prevalent chronic health conditions in the United States. If you’re one of the 50 million Americans who have allergies, you live with irritating, uncomfortable symptoms ranging from watery eyes and a runny nose to rashes and hives. The severity of your allergies can change, and in some cases, put your health or your life at risk.

At Grace Family Health, our team of primary care specialists provides state-of-the-art allergy testing and personalized allergy treatment plans, including immunotherapy, to control your condition and protect your health. If you’re concerned about allergies, either for yourself or a loved one, read on to learn more about how we can help you get your allergies under control. 

What is allergy testing and how does it work

Our team provides allergy testing for anyone, regardless of age. We use skin and blood tests to confirm that your symptoms are due to an allergy and identify the specific allergen — the substance — that triggers your allergic response. Skin testing is more rapid and affordable than blood testing. However, blood testing involves just a single needle prick, and while it’s more convenient, it takes longer to get the results. 

In addition to the tests, our doctors review your medical history, symptoms, and lifestyle to help diagnose your condition. 

Immunotherapy 

We offer immunotherapy to train your body to reduce or even eliminate your immune system’s overreaction. During your treatment, we provide diluted, but progressively increasing doses of the allergen that triggers your symptoms. Over time, your body builds a tolerance to the allergen, and your immune system gradually stops responding to the perceived threat.  

Types of immunotherapy

Our providers offer several types of immunotherapy.

Allergy shots 

Sometimes called subcutaneous immunotherapy (SCIT), allergy shots are the most commonly used and effective immunotherapy method. Allergy shots change your immune system, which prevents the development of new allergies and asthma.  

Allergy tablets

Sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT), allergy tablets are appealing to many patients because they don’t involve shots. The tablets help your body to build resistance to allergic effects and reduce your symptoms. However, allergy tablets don’t stop the onset of new allergies and asthma.

Allergy drops

While not FDA-approved in the United States, allergy drops are used in other countries and are sometimes available for off-label use here. They work like tablets and are another form of SLIT. If you’re interested in allergy drops, it’s best to talk to one of our providers about your options. 

Is immunotherapy right for you?

At Grace Family Health, our providers are dedicated to delivering much-needed relief from allergies. We provide thorough consultations and testing to identify the best preventive measures, treatments, and immunotherapy to relieve or eliminate your allergies. When it comes to allergies, we have you covered with a variety of testing and treatment options to reduce or eliminate your symptoms and restore your health and quality of life. 

You can schedule an appointment today by calling our offices or booking online.

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