With review and feedback from CEENTA ENT physician Jonathan Moss, MD (Matthews)
Immunotherapy is often discussed as a treatment options for patients with severe allergies who don’t get the relief they need from over-the-counter or prescription medication. But adults aren’t the only ones who could benefit from it.
What is immunotherapy?
Immunotherapy is a process where you receive regular treatments to help alter your immune response to a particular allergen and increase your tolerance to the allergen in question. This usually results in fewer symptoms and medicines. Also, you might see continued benefits even after treatment has stopped. Immunotherapy comes in shots, drops, and tablets.
Can children receive immunotherapy?
Your child could benefit from immunotherapy just as much as you could. That said, it’s not recommended for children under the age of 5, since it can be difficult getting them to commit to or cooperate with the regular therapy treatment, and they may be too young to properly articulate any negative symptoms they may experience. Also, children with asthma or other respiratory issues should not receive allergy shots unless their doctor gives the all-clear.
You should also tell your child’s doctor of any other medicines your child may currently be taking.
“For children who have significant allergies that don’t respond to medications, immunotherapy is a great option,” CEENTA ENT doctor Jonathan Moss, MD, said. “It is safe, well tolerated and can help your child have long-lasting relief from allergy symptoms.”
Can immunotherapy treat any of my child’s allergies?
Immunotherapy can treat pollen, mold, pet, grass, and dust allergies, but they do not treat food allergies.
Immunotherapy at CEENTA
Allergy patients, no matter their age, are welcome at CEENTA for testing and treatment, including immunotherapy. Don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment today.
This blog is for informational purposes only. For specific medical questions, please consult your doctor. New patients can make appointment online with Dr. Moss or any of our ENT doctors in North and South Carolina. Current patients can also make appointments through myCEENTAchart with physicians they have already seen.