What Is Immunotherapy for Allergic Asthma?

Q:
What is immunotherapy for allergic asthma?

A:

Immunotherapy

Sometimes doctors suggest allergy shots to some people with mild to moderate allergic asthma. This is called immunotherapy.

Allergy shots contain small amounts of what you’re allergic to. When you get the shots over time, your body gets used to having those substances around, and it reacts less to them.

Not only can allergy shots improve your asthma symptoms, sometimes they can prevent a flare.

Also, the FDA has approved three under-the-tongue tablets  to treat hay fever and work the same way as shots. The prescription tablets, called

  • Grastek
  • Oralair
  • Ragwitek

The goal is to boost a patient’s tolerance to allergy triggers. These meds, though, need to be used with caution. All 3 have a black box warning about the potential for life-threatening allergic reactions.

So they should not be given to patients with severe, unstable, or uncontrolled asthma.

 

Keywords: asthma allergy immunology; allergic asthma immunotherapy.

 

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