Allergy: desensitization explained, step by step

You are allergic? If you have this very annoying condition everyday, desensitization, a kind of vaccination, you may be indicated. The procedure with Dr. PierrickHordé.

Sneezing, conjunctivitis, urticaria, asthma attack … these are the classic symptoms of allergy. If the responsible allergen avoidance and symptomatic treatments are recommended, “only the desensitization – or immunotherapy – treats allergic reaction to its source,” says Dr. PierrickHordé allergist.

 

The principle?

 

Exhibit gradually the body to the allergen to the immune system eventually tolerate it.

DESENSITIZATION IS FOR ME?

Yes, if the allergy turns debilitating, with symptoms at least two months a year, which tend to worsen.

“Desensitization is effective against seasonal allergies to pollen, dust mites, certain molds, venoms of wasps and bees.”

No, whether or food allergens are multiple. “Desensitization against as-is indicated in cases of autoimmune diseases or cancers.”

The allergist, skin and blood tests to support balance sheet, identify the offending allergens.

WHAT FORM DOES?

  • Against pollen or dust mites, allergens main desensitized, treatment with sublingual propose. On is often deposited under the tongue drops of a solution containing allergens identified, prepared in the laboratory and to keep cool.
  • Against the grass pollen tablets are available prescription. Claque morning fasting, place the tablet or drops under the tongue two minutes, the pace of decision varies according to the protocols: three times a week, every day except Sunday …
  • Allergies to venoms of wasps and bees, sometimes fatal, are desensitized by injections in hospitals.

BE DESENSITIZED FOR HOW LONG?

Pollen desensitization therapy is initiated three to four months before the season; at any time of the year for other allergens.

It lasts four months a year for pollen throughout the year for mites.

“The first phase is to gradually increase the dose of the allergen until the maximum tolerated concentration, concentration then used during the” maintenance “phase. It was then a long-term treatment, which must be taken three to five years. ”

WHAT RESULTS EXPECTED DESENSITIZATION?

“The symptoms, fatigue, and thus the consumption of drugs, significantly reduced – or even eliminated – in 60-70% of cases; it also prevents the appearance of a new or asthma allergies.”

The first benefits should appear in the first season for pollen, after six months to a year for mites.

Desensitization is it repaid?

Desensitization (drops, injections) is paid 65% by Medicare, 15% for tablets.

“The effectiveness of the tablet is the same but only the manual changes, there is no progress on the scientific level,” said Dr. Hordé.

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