Immunotherapy is a treatment which aims to reduce or completely remove your child’s allergic symptoms and the need for longterm medications. This is performed when your child has exhausted all conventional medications but still suffers from significant morbidity from his allergic condition. In this method, a weak concentrations of the allergen extract is given as drops under the tongue or as injections under your child’s skin. Increasing concentrations are gradually given to reach the ‘full dose’. The total duration of treatment is usually 3-5 years. However, improvements in symptoms are usually seen in the first six months. Currently we conduct immunotherapy for allergic rhinitis and house dust mite allergies and insect venom. Research studies are also underway for immunotherapy for food allergens such as peanut.
Immunotherapy (Sublingual and subcutaneous)