Immunotherapy, or "Allergy shots," is a form of desensitizing sensitivities to known allergens.
Allergic reactions have been decreased by as much as 85% over time. Exposing the immune system to allergens offers benefits far greater than the relief of symptoms. It Chronic diseases can be prevented – most especially in children who are treated early enough.
The concept behind immunotherapy is that the immune system can be desensitized to specific allergens that trigger allergy symptoms. The allergen(s) are identified through a combination of a medical evaluation performed by a trained allergist, and an allergy diagnostic testing.
The Immunology Department at “The Pittsburgh Allergist”, provides consultations for patients who are referred to be evaluated for recurring infections, suspected or confirmed immunodeficiency disorders, primary immunodeficiency and HIV, or fevers of unknown origin.
Allergy immunotherapy is a proven effective treatment for allergic rhinitis, allergic asthma and stinging insect allergy. It also may be effective in some individuals with atopic dermatitis (eczema) if they have allergies to airborne allergens.
Our specialized medical team evaluates each patient, utilizing skin testing, patch testing, in vitro allergy (blood) testing and breathing evaluations so that they may develop the most effective treatment program.
Patients who have drug allergies are also evaluated and, if appropriate, desensitizing is done. We are also participating in studies that explore the most intense allergic responses or anaphylaxis.
Along with Immunology, we also deal with:
* Allergic Rhinitis (Hay Fever)
* Skin Allergy
* Food Allergy
* Drug Allergy
* Allergy Testing
* Insect Stinging Allergy
Responses to immunotherapy vary from patient to patient, but it has shown 85% – 95% effectiveness with treatment.
Not only do our patients report that their quality of life is greatly improved, most of them are confident at managing their own immunotherapy injections and would happily recommend our services to their loved ones.