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Allergies

The first step toward improving your health is obtaining the proper diagnosis. Dr. Muller uses a state of the art allergy testing system to precisely identify what you are allergic to (your allergens). The testing is painless, there are no needles and the results are available within minutes. Once your allergens are properly identified a completely customized, targeted treatment plan can be created specifically for you.

Allergies are your immune system recognizing the things that you are allergic to (your allergens) as “foreign” and “threatening” and mounting an inflammatory response which is meant to be protective, but is actually erroneous and unhealthy. Your body should not be mounting this type of a protective/defensive inflammatory response to pollen, dust, animal dander, etc; it should be mounting this type of a defensive inflammatory response against viruses, bacteria and cancer cells.

Once your allergens are identified, the first line of therapy is education and avoidance.

The second line of therapy is aimed at decreasing your symptoms and the inflammation associated with your allergies. For allergy symptoms that affect your eyes (i.e. red eyes, itchy eyes, tearing, puffy eyelids, dark circles under your eyes, etc.) you may be instructed to use artificial tears, prescription antihistamine eye drops, frozen peas, etc.. You should not take antihistamine tablets by mouth, especially if you have dry eye, as antihistamines by mouth exacerbate your dryness (head to toe) as a side effect. If you have symptoms involving your nose and throat (i.e. a runny nose, sneezing, scratchy throat, sinus congestion, sinusitis, post-nasal drip, etc.) you may be instructed to use various nasal sprays ranging from over the counter products to prescription nasal sprays. Again, it is recommended that you refrain from taking antihistamine tablets by mouth because of their drying effect.

The third line of therapy for allergies (and associated medical conditions such as asthma, eczema, post-nasal drip and sinusitis) is immunotherapy.

Immunotherapy is intended to reduce or eliminate your allergy symptoms and associated medical conditions. Immunotherapy works by desensitizing you, or recalibrating your immune system, by exposing your immune system, in a very controlled way, to slowly increasing dosages of your allergens over time. By doing this, your body learns tolerance and won’t have the same allergic inflammatory reaction upon exposure to your allergens in the future.

Immunotherapy has been used for decades in the United States and extensively all over the world. Traditionally, the allergens to which you are allergic would be mixed together, placed in a syringe and administered as a shot given at a weekly doctor appointment. With sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) the same group of allergens is mixed together, but instead of putting the mixture into a syringe, it is placed into a small bottle (very similar to a large bottle of eye drops). This bottle is given to you, along with clear directions for placing a couple of drops under your tongue daily in the convenience of your own home; no needles, no weekly doctor appointments.

Sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) is safer, more convenient and more comfortable than weekly allergy shots (injection therapy); because of this, long term compliance with SLIT has been shown to be better.

Sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) and weekly allergy shots have been shown to be equally effective.

Allergy shots are FDA approved, as are several sublingual tablets. The FDA has not yet approved sublingual immunotherapy in the form of drops, therefore sublingual drop therapy is considered off label.

Sublingual immunotherapy in drop form has been used for decades throughout the world and has been proven to be both safe and effective in decreasing the inflammation that causes allergy symptoms and significantly decreasing a person’s need to take allergy medications.

Sublingual immunotherapy is homeopathic. It is a natural way to treat allergies, and is a less expensive treatment option than both allergy shots and medicines for symptomatic relief of allergies. For allergy shots, the cost of the weekly doctor appointment typically involves a copay and/or deductible, time away from work, transportation costs, etc.. The cost associated with medicines for symptomatic relief of your allergies can also add up over the course of years and the ongoing use of these medications is not very healthy.

The goal of sublingual immunotherapy is the long term reduction or elimination of the inflammation that is responsible for your allergy symptoms and other associated medical conditions (asthma, eczema, post-nasal drip and sinusitis) and the reduction of your need to take medications.

Find out more at www.allergytreatmentny.com.