What is Immunotherapy?
Immunotherapy or allergen immunotherapy refers to the process by which the body is gradually exposed to increasing doses of a substance which someone is allergic to, in order to reduce the severity of allergic reactions. This is also known as desensitisation. Immunotherapy to pollen has been in existence for many years and is widely used across the world to treat allergies. When administered by someone with the right experience, immunotherapy is considered safe and effective.
Types of Immunotherapy
Housedust Mite Desensitisation
House dust mite immunotherapy has the potential to revolutionise daily allergy symptoms caused by the allergen and in some individuals, may prevent asthma from developing. It is a daily dissolvable tablet or spray which is taken for 3 years to ensure long term benefit. Improvement is seen after 8-14 weeks. Treatment is licenced from age 2 years.