Allergy Immunotherapy Prescriptions & Allergy Immunotherapy Treatment Sets in Houston TX

What are Allergies?

Allergies to Pollen - A common culprit for Allergy SufferersAllergies happen when your immune system overreacts to an “allergen.” An allergen is something that is usually harmless, such as plant pollen, dust mites, molds, insect stings or food. Are you an allergy sufferer? If you have an allergy, your immune system acts as if the allergen were dangerous, releasing a chemical called histamine that causes allergy symptoms.  Allergy sufferers should know there are many treatment options offered by Acclaim Allergy Solutions to reduce these symptoms.

If the allergen is something you breathe in from the air, your reaction will most likely affect your eyes, nose and lungs. If it’s something you eat, it most often affects your mouth and or causes skin rashes. Food allergies may also cause symptoms in the stomach and intestines, cause asthma-like symptoms, and have been linked to eczema in children.

Allergy Sufferers often have difficulties controlling their symptoms

Many individuals are familiar with the usual symptoms of allergies such as congestion, runny nose, scratchy throat and red, itchy/watery eyes. What some people may not know is that their allergies may actually be causing or worsening asthma, or making them more susceptible to recurrent sinus infections. What they need to know is that treating the underlying allergy to pollen, pet dander and dust mite often leads to dramatic improvement in allergic asthma, and fewer sinus infections. Specially trained practitioners have specific ways to determine what is causing your allergy, and most importantly how to treat it!

Dust Mites are a big problem with Allergy Sufferers

 

You should see an allergy immunotherapy specialist if:

  • Allergies are causing other symptoms such as repeated sinus infections, stuffy nose or difficulty breathing.
  • If nasal congestion, cough or asthma like symptoms are interfering with your sleep, work or school.
  • Hay fever or other allergy symptoms last for several months of the year.
  • Antihistamines and other over-the-counter medications do not control your allergy symptoms or cause side effects, such as drowsiness.
  • Asthma or allergies are interfering with your day-to-day activities or quality of life.
  • You have warning signs of asthma. These may include a wheeze or cough, especially at night or during exercise, shortness of breath or a tight feeling in the chest.
  • You need to confirm or diagnose a food allergy.
  • You have had a severe reaction to an ant bite or flying insect sting.

 

Best Way to Avoid Allergies

  • Avoidance
  • Indoor filters and appliances
  • Allergy Immunotherapy
  • Outdoor precautions
  • OTC and prescription medications

 

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Allergy Statistics  from WebMD

How many people in the U.S. are allergic — to ragweed pollen, cat dander, or food? What sort of impact do allergies have on society? Here’s a rundown of some of the most important allergy statistics — based on the best available data.

  • Number of people in the U.S. who have either allergy or asthma symptoms: one in five.
  • Percentage of the U.S. population that tests positive to one or more allergens: 55%.
  • Rank of allergies among other leading chronic diseases in the U.S.: 5th.
  • One estimate of the annual cost of allergies to the health care system and businesses in the U.S.: $7.9 billion.
  • Number of workdays lost each year as a result of hay fever: 4 million.
  • Number of weeks by which the ragweed pollen season has increased in the last 10 to 15 years, likely as a result of global warming: four.
  • Odds that a child with one allergic parent will develop allergies: 33%.
  • Odds that a child with two allergic parents will develop allergies: 70%.
  • Number of ER visits in the U.S. caused by food allergies each year: 30,000.
  • Percentage of the people in the U.S. who believe they have a food allergy: up to 15%.
  • Percentage of the people in the U.S. who actually have a food allergy: 3% to 4%.
  • Percentage of our lives that we spend indoors: 90%.
  • Degree by which levels of indoor pollution in U.S. homes exceed levels of outdoor pollution: two to 100 times, depending on factors such as whether the residents smoke.
  • Percentage of U.S. households with one or more dogs: 39%.
  • Percentage of U.S. households with one or more cats: 33%.
  • Percentage of all U.S. households with detectable levels of dog and cat dander: 100%.
  • Percentage of people in the U.S. that have asthma: 8%.
  • From 2001 through 2009, asthma rates rose the most among black children, almost a 50% increase.
  • On average, in 2008 children missed 4 days of school and adults missed 5 days of work because of asthma.
  • Percentage of people hospitalized for asthma who are children: About 44%.
  • Number of deaths each year in the U.S. from asthma: 3,447 in 2007.
  • Number of people with chronic allergy-like symptoms — runny nose, congestion and cough — but who have nonallergic rhinitis instead: one out of three.

Allergy Immunotherapy Treatment FAQs:

How long do patients stay on injections and how do I handle refills?

The physician will specify the duration. History has shown that 3 years is average. However, each patient is different and no definitive period has been established. Refills may be requested by phone or fax.

What is the allergy testing method?

Physicians use a number of diagnostic methods to determine if a patients’ symptoms are caused by allergy. Common methods are patient history and skin testing or In-Vitro testing (usually a RAST test). Patient prescriptions can be formulated from any of these allergy testing methods.

 

What is an allergy immunotherapy treatment set?

A treatment set is a custom compounded set of vials prepared specifically for one patient. They are filled with the proportions of allergens as prescribed by the physician. Typically they consist of 4 color coded vials of increasing concentrations and are subcutaneously injected over a 25 week period. However, treatment sets can have 3 to 6 vials and once the patient is on a stable maintenance dose, they typically only have a single vial.

Contact Our Allergy Immunotherapy Specialists

 

If you’re an allergy sufferer, consider allergy immunotherapy treatment sets. Get in touch with our experts today for sublingual allergy immunotherapy and subcutaneous allergy immunotherapy in Houston, TX! Our allergy immunotherapy specialists are ready to help you take control of your allergies.