Our most recent treatment option added is the oral immunotherapy tablet. The new treatment comes in the form of oral tablets and will be prescribed for grass and ragweed allergy. Advantages of the oral immunotherapy tablet is that the treatment can be taken at home, there is no build up dose requirement, there is little risk of severe allergic reaction, and the tablets work well to lower the allergy symptoms associated with grass and ragweed allergy. Currently two pharmaceutical companies have released the new drug. Merck produces Grastek, and Stallergenes produces Oralair.
For more information about this new treatment, contact our office at 423.468.3267 or schedule an appointment today. An article is also available under the Patient Education tab in Allergy & Asthma Articles and is titled New Treatment for Allergy Sufferers.
One new treatment option is an accelerated or "RUSH" immunotherapy schedule. Instead of two sets of injections per week, patients receive one set every 30 minutes over several hours. Clinical staff monitors patients during these treatments. Successful and timely completion of the initial vials using RUSH immunotherapy will allow patients to progress to every other week maintenance injections in about five months or less.
Another option for immunotherapy is called "Modified RUSH." With this procedure the patient receives one set of injections, waits 30 minutes then receives a second set. The patient is monitored closely during this treatment due to a slightly increased risk of adverse affects.
Acupuncture is one of the key components of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and originated in Chine more than 2,000 years ago. It is one of the oldest and most commonly used medical procedures in the world. The term acupuncture describes a family of procedures involving stimulation of anatomical points on the body by a variety of techniques.
The Acupuncture techniques that have been most studied scientifically involves penetrating the skin with thin, solid, metallic needles that are manipulated by the hands and electric stimulation. For more information about Acupuncture click here.