Allergy treatments range from simple medication, advice on how to avoid or reduce symptoms, to full on injections and allergy drops. But first, to get proper treatment you need to be tested for allergies.
The following are examples of common treatments that Dr. Franklin prescribes to patients. However, variations, or combinations, are possible.
Control of Symptoms
These treatments can be self-administered and do not necessarily need to be based on an accurate diagnosis. Examples include the use of over the counter medications such as antihistamine creams and steroid creams for eczema and antihistamine pills for nasal symptoms that include rhinitis. More serious conditions can be treated with inhalers for asthma, skin creams for eczema and auto injectors for anaphylaxis resulting from, among other causes, insect bites, without having identified whether the condition is truly an allergy.
This approach is used mainly for allergies caused by food, drugs, venom, latex and animal dander. This can also include occupational allergies, and to a lesser extent, depending on the suspected cause, asthma, rhinitis and eczema. When using allergen avoidance, it is important to know that there may be interactions resulting from cross reactions between, to name a few, latex and fruits and vegetables as well as tree pollen and fresh fruits. While it may appear simple, avoiding allergens may be difficult to achieve, costly and may not be completely successful.
This approach is often part of an individual’s emergency self-treatment plan for acute attacks such as for acute tongue swelling or anaphylaxis that can result from insect bites.
Immunotherapy from Dr. Scott Franklin
By administering an allergen either via a beneath the skin (subcutaneous) injection or under the tongue (sublingual), Dr. Franklin can try to reintroduce a patient’s immunological tolerance to a particular allergen. These procedures are typically used to treat allergies caused by pollen rhinitis, venom, asthma and cat allergy. On occasion, the use of drugs to desensitize a patient to a particular allergen can also be used.
Allergy Therapies & Allergy Drops
Allergy therapies offered include medical management using traditional immunotherapy (shots) as well as sublingual allergy drops. Allergy drops are custom mixed for each patient and aimed at allergy control. The patient can administer the drops at home without having to make weekly trips our office.
Do you suffer from allergies? Get tested and treated today by calling (512) 869-0604 to schedule an appointment.