What is Immunotherapy? Allergen immunotherapy or "desensitisation", is considered the closest thing to a “cure” we currently have for allergies. Immunotherapy is like a vaccine. Treatment involves the regular administration of gradually increasing doses of allergen extracts over a period years. Over time, the body develops immunity and the allergens can be tolerated with few or no symptoms. Immunotherapy is the only treatment available that targets the cause of allergy rather than just the symptoms. Immunotherapy “switches off” the allergy, by changing the way the immune system reacts to offending allergens. Immunotherapy: • reduces the production of the allergen-specific IgE antibodies which initiate allergic reactions • moderates the production of inflammatory mediators (such as histamine) which cause allergic symptoms • stimulates the production of blocking antibodies (antibodies which block the allergen-specific IgE antibodies from initiating allergic reactions)
At Allergy First Gold Coast clinic and Allergy First Brisbane Clinic we offer immunotherapy to Aeroallergens (Dust mites, Pollens, Animals, Grasses, Trees, Moulds, Fungi).