Allergy Shots: The Science & Success in Solving Chronic Symptoms


Those who suffer from chronic allergies often rely on medications for symptom relief. This reactive approach to allergy treatment provides short-term benefits but is not a cure. Many who choose to proactively combat their allergies through immunotherapy (allergy shots) eventually build up a tolerance to the offending allergen, resulting in long-term relief.

When your body encounters a substance it deems a threat, the immune system goes on high alert, triggering a response that leads to annoying symptoms like a runny or stuffy nose, itchy and watery eyes, and difficulty breathing. 

Common allergens include pollen, mold, pet dander, dust mites and other environmental irritants. Immunotherapy works by introducing small amounts of an allergen to your body over time in order to gradually increase your tolerance, reducing or eliminating your symptoms. This vaccine-like therapy works best in patients with allergic asthma, allergic rhinitis and stinging insect allergies, but is much less effective for those with food allergies. 

“Allergy immunotherapy is a well-established, safe and effective treatment,” says Cheryl Hankin, president and chief scientific officer of BioMedEcon, a leading provider of health economics and outcomes research. “Our research clearly shows that this treatment is also cost effective and these cost benefits occur almost immediately.”

The success rate of immunotherapy is well documented. An analysis of 24 studies compared the effectiveness of standard asthma treatment with a combination of immunotherapy and standard treatment, and found patients who were prescribed this dual approach had the most success. A majority of studiesconcluded sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) – which involves allergen droplets or pills taken orally – isalso effective. 

Most researchers agree the success rates of immunotherapy depend upon the proper patient selection for those most likely to see benefits. For this reason it is important to discuss your symptoms and history with an allergist, who will then recommend the best solution for you. 

If you feel you might benefit from immunotherapy, your first step is to contact Central Oregon Ear, Nose & Throat and schedule an appointment with one of our highly qualified Physicians.

Central Oregon ENT LLC



About Author

Founded in 1994 by the late Pamela Hulse Andrews, Cascade Business News (CBN) became Central Oregon’s premier business publication. •

Leave A Reply