Allergy treatments fall into three broad categories:
- Avoidance. There are several methods to avoid high levels of exposure to allergens, including removal of carpet in the bedroom, changing air filters frequently, using an air purifier with HEPA filter, closing windows and doors, minimizing outdoor activity during times of high pollen counts, and minimizing exposure to any animals or pets you may be allergic to.
- Symptom control. Many over-the-counter and prescription medications are available to control allergy symptoms, including nasal steroid sprays, oral antihistamines, nasal antihistamine sprays, antihistamine eye drops, and oral leukotriene modifiers. These medications may also have various side effects, making it difficult for some patients to use them all the time.
- Immunotherapy. Immunotherapy is a process of desensitization, training the body’s immune system not to generate an allergic response to allergens. This treatment typically requires 3-4 years to get lasting results, but is the only treatment that can be considered a “cure” for allergies. Immunotherapy can be delivered either through a series of injections, or via a drop that is placed under the tongue once a day. Peak ENT is proud to offer our patients allergy drop therapy, also known as sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT)