For many children with asthma or allergy symptoms, the culprits are substances in their everyday environment, such as dust mites, pollen, mold or pet dander. Their immune system mistakenly believes these harmless substances are dangerous and tries to fight them off, triggering symptoms such as sneezing, congestion and breathing problems – some of which can be serious.
Also known as allergy shots, immunotherapy is a type of treatment that may help desensitize a child to the things they are allergic to. By exposing your child to tiny amounts of the allergens that trigger reactions, immunotherapy slowly builds up their immune system’s ability to tolerate offending substances rather than attack them.
Allergy shots are given in the fatty tissue on the back of the arm; most children don’t find the injections painful since they are not given in muscle tissue.
Allergy shots can take a year or more to be fully effective, but they’re highly successful for 80 to 90 percent of children who complete treatment. Mercy Kids allergy specialists have the expertise to identify which allergens trigger your child’s symptoms and how best to treat them. Contact us to find out if immunotherapy might help your child live allergy-free.