Allergy Treatment in Temple Texas

There are a number of options to explore for treating your allergies, from managing symptoms to treating the root cause with immunotherapy. Anthony Medical & Chiropractic Center can help you explore the benefits of each so you can choose which options best suit you.

What is the best way to treat your allergies?

Lifestyle adjustments

Dietary adjustments and environmental control measures to reduce exposure to indoor and outdoor allergens are critical to reducing your symptoms. Based on your allergic profile, we can offer guidance to help you address those items that affect you most. Medication – Various medications can temporarily improve or relieve allergy symptoms. This includes over-the-counter or prescription pills and nasal sprays. Side effects are possible and can be discussed with your doctor. Medications may be needed life long, or as long as symptoms persist. Many patients report decreased medication use after immunotherapy begins.

Immunotherapy

The only way to change the underlying allergic disease is through immunotherapy, which helps build the body’s tolerance to allergens. This treatment can be administered in two forms:

Subcutaneous injections (allergy shots)

For patients age five and over, a series of injections are typically given for a three- to five-year period. Most patients visit the office weekly for the first six to 12 months; every two weeks the second year; every three weeks the third year, and so on. Consistency is critical.

Allergy shots are contraindicated for people with severe or uncontrolled asthma, those taking beta blockers or may be withheld from patients who are ill. In very rare cases, anaphylaxis or an exaggerated allergic reaction that can include difficulty breathing and a severe drop in blood pressure can occur with allergy injections. Because it can occur at any time during treatment, even in patients receiving a maintenance dose, you may be asked to wait 20 minutes after an injection before leaving the physician’s office. A physician is available in the office while allergy injections are administered.

Most insurance companies will pay for allergy shots, however a co-pay for each injection may apply. You should verify your insurance coverage prior to beginning treatment.

Sublingual immunotherapy (allergy drops)

Allergy drops work much like allergy shots, slowly building a tolerance to what causes your allergic reaction, but they’re delivered in a liquid form under your tongue that you can safely take three times daily whever you are (home, school, work, traveling, etc.).

We follow the La Crosse Method™ Protocol which uses cumulative dosing that is comparable to allergy shots. Allergy drops are precision-formulated based on the results of your allergy tests.

As with allergy shots, most patients taking allergy drops find their treatment lasts three to five years. While some patients feel relief in just a few weeks, it’s important to continue taking your drops until otherwise instructed to ensure long-lasting benefit. Because of their safety profile, allergy drops can safely and effectively treat a broad range of allergies including foods and mold and are an option for patients of all ages, including young children.

Most patients will only need a few office visits each year to asses their progress and increase the dose of the allergy drops. For your convenience, allergy drop order refills are mailed to you. Most insurance companies will pay for the cost of allergy testing and offices visits, but not for the allergy drops. The FDA has approved the sublingual route of treatment, however multiple antigen therapies for both injection and sublingual use are an off-label use of FDA-approved biologics.

Most patients agree the investment in allergy drops is well worth the improvement in their health, reduction in allergy-related expenses (co-pays for other medications, missed work and school time, and other related expenses) and overall quality of life improvements. Allergy drops are an expense that can be reimbursed through Flexible or Health Saving Accounts.

There are other allergy treatment options under investigation. Allergy drops have been used around the world for more than 100 years, and numerous studies validate both the safety and effectiveness. The La Crosse Method Protocol is enhanced with vast clinical experience in providing sublingual immunotherapy to more than 200,000 patients over 45+ years.

Call Anthony Medical & Chiropractic Center in Temple Texas today at (254) 899-2225 to determine which allergy treatment options is right for you or request an appointment online.