Not Another Shot! Effective At-Home Allergy Treatment
Allergies can be downright miserable for the person suffering from them. They feel like having a cold, causing symptoms such as sneezing, a running nose, and fatigue. Allergies affect a child’s ability to focus in school, resulting in missed school days, as well as limiting their ability to enjoy time with family and friends.
Knowing the cause of allergies is the first step for parents who want to tackle them. The most effective way to do this is through allergy testing. Allergy testing involves a skin test that exposes the child to small amounts of allergens and then pricks the outer layer of the skin. If the area swells and becomes red, the results are considered positive. At Rainbow Pediatrics, we can test for a variety of allergens. Most insurances cover the costs associated with allergy testing.
Once we identify the type of allergies your child has, we can begin allergy treatment. Traditional treatments for allergies include prescription and non-prescription allergy medications as well as subcutaneous immunotherapy (allergy shots). While effective, allergy shots can be expensive and painful for children. They are also not recommended for children under the age of seven.
We are pleased to offer our patients a different treatment option that doesn’t involve a lifetime of medications or months of shots. AllergyEasy is a type of cutting-edge sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) allergy treatment. Sublingual means under the tongue. With SLIT, a customized serum is developed unique to the needs of your child based on their allergy test results. The serum is filled at the pharmacy, and the drops are administered at home. How easy is that?
SLIT serums are placed under the tongue. Slowly, the body absorbs the serum. Over time, the continued exposure desensitizes your child to the allergen(s).
AllergyEasy is a safe allergy treatment for children under the age of five!
SLIT is available for outdoor environmental allergens, such as trees and grasses. It is also effective in treating food and pet allergies. A full course of treatment typically lasts 3-4 years. However, your child may begin noticing they feel better in months!
If you would like to learn more about allergy testing and sublingual immunotherapy at Rainbow Pediatrics in Fayetteville, Raeford or Hope Mills, NC, call today to schedule an appointment. Complete our allergy questionnaire by downloading the form here.