We offer an Allergy Immunotherapy Program for Symptomatic Relief from Allergies
An allergy is an abnormal reaction to a substance that is harmless to most individuals. An active immune response can build up antibodies against a substance, also known as an antigen. The reaction of the antibodies against the antigens causes an allergic reaction. A wide spectrum of recurrent and persistent symptoms can develop from an allergic reaction, some that are mildly uncomfortable, and others that develop into a life-threatening, anaphylaxis event.
An anaphylaxis event can occur within seconds or minutes of exposure to a substance that a person is allergic to, such as peanuts or a bee sting. Other common triggers that can cause this are:
- Prescription and over- the- counter medications
Those persons at risk of this type of event carry self-injectable epinephrine as a life-saving measure. Most allergic reactions are not nearly this severe, but still require medical intervention for the treatment of many uncomfortable symptoms. If persons are not treated effectively for allergies, it can weaken the immune system, causing frequent viruses and infections.
There are an infinite amount of substances that persons can be allergic to, and hypersensitivity can develop at any time and any age. Examples of environmental allergens are:
- Airborne substances such as:
- Plant pollen
- Dust mites
- Contact with:
- Animal dander
- Bee stings
- Certain plants and trees.
The ingestion of foods or medications can provoke an allergic reaction. There are multiple ways to control environmental and food allergies, such as:
- Food avoidance
- Eliminating pets
- Using air conditioning
- Using a dehumidifier
But these interventions are often not effective in minimizing or resolving allergy symptoms.
Urban Health is a primary care medical office that offers a comprehensive allergy program that includes allergy testing and treatment, to decrease the patient’s sensitivity to antigens. Our practitioners, Dr. J. Gonzalez, Dr. Jose A. Moreno, and Kajalben Patel, P.A., have seen significant results from immunotherapy treatment, with a reduction or cure of symptoms, due to an increased tolerance for contact with the allergens.
Allergy Symptoms can include:
- Digestive problems
- Swelling of airways
- Skin irritations and dermatitis
- Difficulty breathing
- Sinus congestion
- Itchy eyes
- Runny nose
- Vomiting and shock
- Loss of consciousness
- Cardiac issues
Those who have a history of an allergic reaction or a genetic predisposition to allergies should be mindful of possible allergens. For patients with a history of severe allergic reactions, a medical alert bracelet can help emergency responders in the event of a reaction, if the patient is unable to communicate.
Benefits of Immunotherapy and Allergy Desensitization treatment:
- Reduces or eliminates dependence on over-the-counter or prescription allergy medications and their side effects. Long term usage of allergy medications can have severe and unexpected side effects. These can include:
- Memory loss
- Sleep issues
- High blood pressure
- There are short term side effects such as:
- Dry mouth
- Blurred vision
- Difficulty urinating
- For persons taking medications for other health-related conditions, allergy medications can have harmful interactions. Many prescriptions, such as antidepressants, migraine medications, anti-seizure drugs, steroids, and blood pressure medications, should not be used in conjunction with allergy medications.
- Cost-effectiveness due to a reduction in physician visits for frequent viral and bacterial infections that occur as a result of allergic reactions. The cost of long-term usage of allergy medications can be expensive. The consequences of frequent viral and bacterial infections can impact your ability to work, reducing your income while increasing your medical care costs.
- Decreases or eliminates sensitivity to allergens to improve quality of life. Nobody likes to be sick. Having allergy symptoms significantly impacts your ability to sleep and your appearance. It prevents you from participating in certain activities, causing you to stay indoors for seasonal allergies. If you have food allergies, it is necessary to avoid eating the foods that you like.
- Prevents the progression of allergy symptoms from escalating to a more serious medical condition. Allergies are much more than an inconvenience.
- Research shows that they can contribute to many more serious chronic health concerns. These conditions can include asthma, chronic sinus infections, chronic upper respiratory infections, sleep apnea, ear infections, and fungal complications of the lungs or sinuses.
Allergy testing is done by injecting allergens under the skin, and the results are interpreted, based on positive reactions to these substances. Immunotherapy is a long-term desensitization program, providing small doses of the allergen to the patient on a weekly or daily basis. The allergens can be administered through an injection or a sublingual administration by the patient. There is usually a 3-5 year treatment course, and during that time, if the patient is having no reaction to the small dose of the allergen, there will be a gradual increase in the dose concentration. The optimal outcome is that the patient will no longer exhibit an allergic response to the allergen, therefore being symptom-free.
Urban Health uses the Latest Technology for the Testing and Treatment of Allergic Conditions.
At Urban Health, we work closely with our patients to develop the best treatment regimen to resolve their allergy conditions effectively. Part of diagnosing your allergies is determining what triggers your symptoms. It is helpful for a patient to keep a symptom diary of the foods you eat or the activities that cause an adverse reaction. It is essential to keep this diary for at least two weeks and include specific details, such as how the food was prepared. It can be helpful to take photos if you have an outbreak of hives or a rash.
- Keep track of your symptom severity, such as if they are absent, mild, moderate, or severe.
- Write down any medications that were taken and if they were effective.
- Include environmental considerations such as social or physical activities, weather, or the use of alcohol or tobacco.
- Document any reaction when in contact with animals, perfumes, fresh paint, or other items should be documented.
Allergy testing can be done by administering skin tests, blood tests, or an elimination diet.
Get Allergy Relief at Urban Health
Patient education is a critical tool in our allergy program, such as learning to avoid exposure to allergens and the proper administration, risks, side effects and interactions of prescription and over- the- counter medications. The medical staff at Urban Health is the best resource to manage your symptoms, and we can recommend the most effective course of action to control allergies. If you are having recurrent and chronic infections or symptoms related to allergies, contact Urban Health in Clermont, Florida, at 352-394-5535. Please make an appointment to meet with Dr. J.Gonzalez, Dr. Jose A. Moreno, or Kajalben Patel, P.A., so that we can formulate a comprehensive plan to help you recover and return to a more productive life.