Intro to Allergy Immunotherapy
Allergy and immune diseases are among the fastest growing chronic conditions in Australia, with almost 20 percent of the Australian population suffering from an allergic disease. This number is steadily increasing, especially in children, every year. But people shouldn’t have to suffer or feel restricted because of their allergies.
Allergy immunotherapy has been a treatment option for allergy patients for many decades and is a disease-modifying therapy that induces a shift from an allergenic to a tolerogenic immune response. In addition to reducing the severity of allergy symptoms and the risk of life-threatening consequences after exposure to specific allergens, the many clinical benefits that follow immunotherapy include reduced symptoms of
allergic rhinitis, allergic conjunctivitis, and allergic asthma. Further, studies have shown that immunotherapy decreases the progression of allergic disease measured both by the onset of new sensitivities and by the development of allergic asthma.
Through carefully controlled dosing with allergens, patients are desensitised and are better able to tolerate subsequent exposure. Immunotherapy is used to treat allergic asthma and allergic rhinitis/conjunctivitis in patients whose symptoms are not well controlled by medications or who do not want to use medications to treat symptoms long term.
The efficacy of allergy immunotherapy is dependent on delivering an adequate dose of relevant allergens throughout the course of 3 – 5 years treatment. Studies show that the treatment not only has a long-standing effect after it is discontinued, but that it also inhibits the development of asthma or other new allergies. Immunotherapy is a safe and effective treatment option for allergy sufferers of all ages.
Immunotherapy is a customised and targeted treatment approach. Products are custom made to treat a patient’s specific allergy or allergies. With Gamma Allergy’s custom compounded serums, the patient’s immune system becomes desensitised to symptom producing allergens that once kept them dependent on expensive pills or worse indoors and pet free.