Low Dose Allergen Therapy
Why do people have allergies?
Many people, 1 in 6 in fact, suffer from some sort of allergy. There are different types of allergens such as indoor/outdoor, food and drug, latex, insect, skin, and eye. Allergies occur when the body reacts to a substance it interprets as a harmful “invader.” Allergies are usually genetic and inherited from our parents.
Something as simple as pollen or smoke can cause the immune system to react. In this case, the pollen or smoke is considered the allergen. Our body’s response is referred to as an allergic reaction. Coughing, sneezing, red and itchy eyes, and possibly shortness of breath are some possible reactions to smoke or pollen. The body’s reaction depends on the allergen, the level of exposure, and the condition of our immune system.
Allergies are usually diagnosed through an allergy skin test or through analyzing bloodwork to determine the number of antibodies the immune system produces. These tests are usually administered by allergy/immunology specialists and physicians. The higher the level of a particular antibody, the more likely there will be an allergic reaction to that substance.
Low Dose Allergen (LDA) & Immunotherapy
Conventional over-the-counter allergy treatments work to block the histamine response and only work when taken. Both allergy injections and nasal drops are set to work with the immune system over time to help it gradually create a tolerance to the allergen it’s prescribed to treat. LDA treats multiple allergens at once as it works with the immune system to reset itself rather than merely build up a tolerance. When compared to conventional allergy treatment, LDA:
- Is less expensive and is administered less frequently than shots or drops
- Renders quick results
- Has longer-lasting effects on a range of allergens
In addition to the more popular environmental allergens like pollen and dust, LDA is used to treat food allergies as well. Other conditions LDA is used to treat include:
- Autoimmune diseases such as Rheumatoid Arthritis and Lupus
- GI issues such as Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis
- Skin conditions such as Psoriasis, Eczema, and Rosacea
- Inhalant related illnesses such as Asthma and Sinusitis
- Conditions related to food allergies such as children’s ear infections
Is LDA Immunotherapy right for you?
To determine if LDA is a likely remedy to relieve you of your specific allergy symptoms, a consultation with Dr. Thompson is needed. In that appointment the two of you will discuss your history and knowledge of known allergies, what to expect from the LDA treatment, how to avoid any environmental triggers in the future, or if there may need to be changes in the patient’s diet. Dr. Thompson will discuss the level and formula type that will be used, how often the injections will be given, and what to expect after your visits.
Touted to be much safer than many other allergy treatments, LDA is a very low dose of immunotherapy using a mixed variety of allergens to increase an appropriate cellular response to what the immune system views as a danger. Known as immune modulation, LDA is safe and there have been few adverse reactions reported.
All the symptoms and conditions treated by LDA are not listed above.
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