Allergy Therapy FAQs

If you are looking for relief from your allergy symptoms, you may want to discuss getting allergy therapy in Phoenix, AZ, with your doctor at Pineapple Health, Dr. Kevin Chan. Your doctor can answer all your pressing questions so that you get a complete picture of your options.

What are Allergies?

An allergic reaction develops when your immune system overreacts to generally harmless substances. Some things that can trigger an allergic reaction include pollen, insect stings, animal fur, or specific foods.

What are the Symptoms of Allergies?

The symptoms you get from allergies can depend on the type of allergen. Some common allergy symptoms include:

  • Wheezing
  • Itchy eyes, nose, and throat
  • Runny nose
  • Hives
  • Trouble breathing
  • Nasal congestion
  • Diarrhea
  • Anaphylaxis

What Is Allergy Therapy?

Your doctor can offer multiple therapies to manage your allergy symptoms. Common allergy therapies include allergy immunotherapy and antihistamines. For some people simply limiting exposure to the specific allergen is enough to reduce their symptoms. Your doctor will determine what allergy therapy in Phoenix, AZ, is best.

What Is Allergy Immunotherapy?

Allergy immunotherapy involves treating you with minute amounts of an allergen so that your body builds tolerance over time. The dose of the allergen you receive as a part of your allergy immunotherapy is slowly increased over a period usually spanning years and the goal is to reduce your symptoms.

What Is Sublingual Allergy Immunotherapy?

If you are scared of needles or simply don’t want to get shots, you can still get allergy immunotherapy. Your doctor offers sublingual allergy immunotherapy where you get your dose of allergen as small tablets that go under your tongue.

How Long Does It Take Allergy Immunotherapy to Work?

It can take your body some time to build up a tolerance with allergy immunotherapy, so results are not immediate. You may start seeing results about 4-6 months into your treatment.

Is Allergy Immunotherapy Safe?

Allergy immunotherapy is generally safe but some adverse reactions can occur. Possible but rare unpleasant effects of allergy immunotherapy include:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Difficulty speaking and swallowing
  • Throat tightness
  • Stomach pain
  • Hives
  • Rapid or weak heartbeat
  • Anaphylaxis

Allergy therapy in Phoenix, AZ, aims to reduce your symptoms. Your doctor at Pineapple Health, Dr. Chan, can help you get relief from your allergies when you call (480) 961-2366 to schedule your consultation.

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