Immunotherapy for Allergy Relief
We continue to develop treatments for many illnesses by harnessing the immune system’s power and adaptability. Immunotherapy is an exciting yet well-established method to treat allergies by utilizing the immune system to “trick” itself. Immunotherapy is meant to prevent allergic reactions in the future by desensitizing a patient to the allergens that cause a reaction. Immunotherapy can be effective for dust mites, pollens, grasses, and other common allergens but is typically not used for food allergies. However, novel oral immunotherapies may be changing that.
While there is still more to learn about immunotherapy generally, it is believed that it may stimulate the production of a protein or antibody that blocks the allergen’s associated symptoms. While immunotherapy can take a while to show results, it is the most “natural” and arguably the most effective long-term way to manage specific allergies in carefully selected patients.
Immunotherapy gradually reduces symptoms of allergic reactions, thus helping patients live more comfortably. Moreover, it also assists asthma and even eczema (which are highly correlated with the degree of allergy) by reducing the inflammatory response that causes these conditions.