A cat vaccine is being developed to decrease the amount of allergy that cats produce. Cats are found in about 25% of households in the United States and allergy to cats is found in approximately 10% of the population. The major cat allergen found in saliva and dander is called Fel d 1, and this […]
Future Food Allergy Treatment
Current and future food allergy treatment has and will consist primarily of oral immunotherapy (OIT), sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) and epicutaneous immunotherapy (EPIT), alone or in combination with Xolair (monoclonal IgE). However, other therapies are under current investigation. Despite advances in the field of food allergy treatment, the current therapies remain experimental because none of these […]
Sublingual Immunotherapy SLIT Duration
Sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) is an alternative way to treat allergies without injections (subcutaneous immunotherapy, SCIT). Small doses of the allergens are placed under the tongue and gradually the dosages are increased until a patient develops tolerance. Currently the only forms of SLIT that are FDA approved in the United States are Grass Pollen and Ragweed […]
Sublingual Dust Mite Immunotherapy
Sublingual dust mite immunotherapy tablets are currently being developed by Merck. House dust mite is the most common cause of perennial allergic rhinitis worldwide. Symptoms of house dust mite allergies can be treated with medications or allergy immunotherapy, currently available in the shot form or sublingual drops. The sublingual drops have shown good efficacy is […]
Sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) or medication for allergies?
Sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) is being used more and more in the United States for allergic rhinitis symptoms. Allergic rhinitis is a common condition affecting up to 500 million persons worldwide. Allergic rhinitis is often under treated and perceived as a mild disease by physicians. However allergies can have a a substantial adverse effect on quality […]
Can Acupuncture help Allergies?
Acupuncture has been found to improve symptoms and quality of life in patients with allergic rhinitis, and there is evidence that acupuncture may change some allergy biomarkers. Clinical evidence suggests that acupuncture improves symptoms in persistent allergic rhinitis, but the mechanism is poorly understood. Allergies involve a complex crosstalk among cytokines, neurtrophins and proinflammatory neuropeptides. […]
Future Allergy Shots
Allergy shots or allergy immunotherapy is the only disease modifying treatment for allergy because it can affect the TH-2 biased immune response. Allergy Shots Whereas medication only treats the symptoms. It has been around for over a century and its efficacy and safety have been confirmed in patients with allergic rhinitis and asthma and for the […]
Wheat Oral Immunotherapy
Wheat oral immunotherapy has been studied in patients who have undergone wheat-induced anaphylaxis. Wheat is one of the most common food allergen in children along with cows milk, eggs, soy, nuts and peanuts. In Japan, it is the third most common causative antigen of anaphylaxis. Wheat oral immunotherapy can increase the threshold dose of anaphylaxis, […]
Sublingual Immunotherapy Tablets
Sublingual immunotherapy tablets are being used more now that the FDA has approved three forms of this product. There will be more types of sublingual immunotherapy tablets approved in the coming years ahead. Currently there are two sublingual immunotherapy grass tablets, Grastek and Oralair. https://allergylosangeles.com/allergy-blog/sublingual-immunotherapy/ https://allergylosangeles.com/allergy-blog/oralair-first-approved-sublingual-grass-extract/ The other sublingual immunotherapy tablet approved is for Ragweed […]
When can you stop bee allergy shots?
When can you stop your bee allergy shots? That is a question that is posed to allergy doctors on a regular basis for those who are getting venom immunotherapy (VIT). Stings by insects can cause systemic allergic reactions due to allergy antibodies to the venom injected. Some of these reactions can be severe and fatal. […]