End your allergy suffering with expert immunotherapy in The Midlands.
Allergies can be frustrating and uncomfortable and can have a significant negative effect on your quality of life. Asthma is much the same and can be life-threatening. But for allergies unrelated to food, and for certain types of asthma, Carolina Allergy & Asthma Consultants (CAAC) in SC’s Midlands can provide significant long-term relief with immunotherapy injections.
Train your immune system and stop the “allergic march.”
Often called “allergy shots,” immunotherapy works by training your body to lose its sensitivity to the substances that trigger an allergic response. Specifically, introducing tiny amounts of your trigger allergen into your body stimulates the production of protective antibodies. Over time, your body will experience a reduced allergic response…and you may experience no symptoms.
Also, studies have shown that early treatment for allergies with immunotherapy can slow or even stop the “allergic march,” and in some cases can keep people from developing asthma. Allergies often start in early childhood as eczema or allergic rhinitis, but then “march” through the body, ending with the development of asthma. Immunotherapy is the only treatment we have that could prevent asthma, a potentially lifelong (and life-threatening) illness. Put simply, immunotherapy’s role is to reduce or end your allergies and end your suffering.
Who is a candidate for immunotherapy injections?
As board-certified allergy and immunology specialists, the physicians at CAAC provide expert immunotherapy for adults and children with allergies and for specific types of asthma. People with severe lung or heart disease may not be candidates, as the systemic reaction may be too dangerous for them. However, pregnancy is not a contraindication for immunotherapy. Otherwise, you’re likely a good candidate for allergy shots if you’re allergic to:
- Dust mites
Our experts help you get your best possible results.
Your allergy shots will be based on the results of your allergy testing. You and your doctor will review the results of your allergy testing and formulate a long-term plan for success. This will include medications, avoidance of your allergens, and then possibly immunotherapy specifically for you and your allergies. As the dose of your shots increases, you’ll begin to see first improvement in symptoms and ultimately the ability to reduce your dependence on medications. While not everyone will see immediate results with allergy shots, 80 to 90% people will ultimately improve.
Adverse reactions are possible but rare. And we know what to do.
There are two kinds of adverse reactions that can occur: systemic and local. Local reactions are usually mild redness and swelling at the injection site. These can happen immediately or hours after injection, but they are generally not concerning. Systemic reactions affect the entire body or a particular system in the body, but they are less common, generally mild and tend to respond quickly to medications. But serious systemic reactions can occur.
The good news is that severe reactions are rare, and more than 99% of them occur within 30 minutes of injection. We monitor you in the office for 30 minutes after injections just in case you have any of these rare reactions.
Trust The Midlands’ leaders in expert, accessible and compassionate care.
At CAAC, we provide Richland, Lexington, Fairfield, Kershaw and Newberry Counties today’s most advanced and effective care for allergies and asthma. This includes the latest testing methods and expert knowledge of immunotherapy. Our doctors are both highly credentialed and highly experienced, and they combine unsurpassed accessibility with genuine compassion and dedication to your best outcomes.
For more about immunotherapy injections in The Midlands (Richland, Lexington, Fairfield, Kershaw and Newberry counties), or to schedule an appointment, call CAAC today at 803-973-7956. You can also request an appointment using our easy online form.