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Atlanta/Buckhead

2140 Peachtree Road, NW
Suite 360
Atlanta, Georgia 30309

Gainesville

1485 Jesse Jewel Parkway
Suite 220A
Gainesville, Georgia 30501

Dawsonville

81 Northside Dawson Dr.
Suite 203
Dawsonville, GA 30534

Cumming

1100 Northside Forsyth Drive
Suite 490
Cumming, GA 30041

Alpharetta

3330 Preston Ridge Road
Suite 240
Alpharetta, GA 30005

Alpharetta Surgery Center

2365 Old Milton Parkway
Suite 300
Alpharetta, GA 30009

Johns Creek/Suwanee

6916 McGinnis Ferry Road
Suite 100
Suwanee, GA 30024

East Cobb

1121 Johnson Ferry Road
Suite 420
Marietta, GA 30068

Windy Hill

1995 North Park Place
Suite 550
Atlanta, GA 30339

Newnan

710 Newnan Crossing Bypass
Suite E
Newnan, GA 30263

White Oak in Newnan

1595 East Highway 34
Newnan, GA 30265

Peachtree City

4000 Shakerag Hill
Suite 204
Peachtree City, GA 30269

Buford

3425 Buford Drive
Suite 350
Buford, GA 30519

Lawrenceville

1960 Riverside Parkway
Suite 101
Lawrenceville, GA 30043

Stockbridge

1050 Eagles Landing Parkway
Ste #202
Stockbridge, Ga 30281

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Pediatric and Adult Allergy Treatment

Allergy treatment involves a combination of modalities including medication, environmental controls and immunotherapy and Sublingual Immunotherapy (SLIT). Immunotherapy, commonly known as allergy shots, is a program that increases immunity to certain allergens that trigger allergy symptoms. While increasing immunity, it decreases your sensitivity to the substances that trigger your allergy symptoms when you are exposed to them. Immunotherapy by sublingual drops, commonly referred to as “allergy drops” is an individually tailored alternative program designed to desensitize you to those substances to which you are allergic. Your allergy tests results are used to create a mixture of substances to which you are allergic. Sterile extracts are prepared from allergy-producing substances such as pollens, molds, house dust, and animal danders according to thing to which you are allergic. These biological substances are then taken under the tongue in increasingly stronger doses until your maximum or maintenance dose has been achieved. Allergen immunotherapy involves administering increasing amounts of an allergen to a patient over several months. Immunotherapy has been shown to be effective in preventing the development of new allergies and, in children, preventing the progression of allergic disease from allergic rhinitis to asthma. Allergen immunotherapy can lead to the long-lasting relief of allergy symptoms after treatment is concluded.

Find Comprehensive Information on Allergy Treatments from The ENT Instititute in Georgia.Immunotherapy is only recommended for allergic rhinitis, asthma, conjunctivitis, and insect allergy. It is not a recommended treatment for food allergies. The decision to start immunotherapy is one made between patient and doctor. That decision should be based on the length and severity of seasons, how effective medications and environmental controls are, and the desire to avoid long term medication usage.

Allergen immunotherapy works like a vaccine. Your body responds to the injected amounts of a particular allergen, given in gradually increasing doses, by developing a tolerance to the allergen. As a result of your body's response to these immune changes, immunotherapy causes decreased, minimal or no allergy response when you are exposed to the allergen included in your allergy vaccine.

There are two phases to immunotherapy: a buildup phase and a maintenance phase. The buildup phase of treatment involves receiving injections with increasing amounts of the allergens that are customized for each patient based on individual skin testing results. Patients generally receive injections during this phase between one to two times a week, though more rapid buildup schedules may be used. The duration of this phase varies, but, generally, is between three and six months.

The maintenance phase begins when the effective therapeutic dose is reached. The effective maintenance dose will vary from patient to patient. It depends on the level of allergen sensitivity and the response to the immunotherapy buildup phase. Maintenance immunotherapy intervals generally range from two to four weeks.

The benefits of immunotherapy, in terms of reduced allergy symptoms, begin during the buildup phase but may take as long as a year on the maintenance dose. Improvement with immunotherapy is expected to be progressive during the treatment period. Effectiveness of immunotherapy seems to be related to the length of treatment and the dose of the allergen.

If immunotherapy is successful, maintenance therapy is generally continued for three to five years. Some patients will experience lasting remission while others may relapse after discontinuing therapy.

Allergy immunotherapy is a proven effective treatment for allergic rhinitis, allergic asthma, and insect allergies. Immunotherapy can lead to lasting remission of allergy symptoms. To schedule a consultation with one of our physicians, please call 770.740.1860.

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