What Types of Treatments are Available?

Prevention – The most effective approach to treating asthma or allergies is to avoid the factors that trigger the condition in the first place. Even when it is not possible to completely avoid allergens, an allergist can design strategies for reducing exposure and preventing symptoms.

Medications – A number of new and effective medications are available. The goal is to outline what is available and to balance safety and effective plans with what each patients needs.

Immunotherapy (Allergy Injections) – There are two types of treatments that are offered for our patients:

  • Allergy Injections – In this treatment, the patient is injected over the course of time with gradually increasing doses of the substances to which they are allergic. Allergy shots are the most individualized treatment available to treat allergies. Results of allergy skin tests are used to make up treatment vials of substances (allergens) to which you are allergic. The allergy injections are administered weekly in the office.
  • Allergy Drops – For those who prefer self administration, we offer allergy drops (SLIT). This type of treatment allows for those who cannot make a weekly appointment for injections. Just as the injections are individualized for each person, so are the drops. The drops are placed under the tongue daily at home. Visits to the office are greatly reduced. This therapy is particularly helpful in young children in hope of preventing the continued worsening of childhood allergies and asthma.