Are you suffering from stuffy nose, runny nose, sneezing, postnasal drip or itchy eyes? It might be spring allergies. This is the time of the year when grasses and trees are in bloom, making people with allergic rhinitis miserable.
Fortunately, there are effective treatment options. Allergy medications include antihistamines (Benadryl, Zyrtec, Allegra, Claritin), nasal steroids (Flonase, Nasacort, Nasonex), nasal antihistamines (Astelin, Astepro, Patanase), leukotriene inhibitors (Singulair), and eye drops (Zaditor, Pataday). Many patients get significant relief using one or more of these medications, but what happens when medications just aren’t working? There are options.
When patients seek care from a board certified allergist, it usually means that their allergy symptoms have become so severe that they interfere with their quality of life. When you visit with Dr. Devora, you will work together to come up with a solution to end the suffering. It might require a more aggressive allergy medication regimen. If medications fail, allergen immunotherapy (allergy shots) are an excellent option.
Allergy shots contain a mixture of allergen extracts that are custom made for each and every patient based on their specific allergic sensitivities detected via allergy testing. The shots are administered under the skin, usually in the arm. All patients eventually reach what is called the maintenance dose that is given once a month.
There are several different build-up protocols that patients can choose to reach the maintenance dose. Dr. Devora offers rush allergen immunotherapy that can help patients reach their once a month maintenance dose in as little as 3 months. The rush protocol is particularly helpful for patients with busy schedules.
Dr. Devora provides allergy shots for both children and adults.
Board certified allergists receive 2 to 3 years of subspecialty training in allergy and immunology. When receiving allergy shots from a board certified allergist, you can rest assured that they follow the guidelines outlined by national allergy organizations to assure patient safety and shot effectiveness.