An European study published in the leading allergy medical journal, the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, shows that allergy shots helped people with asthma reduce their steroid medications.
Asthmatic children between the ages of 6-17 requiring daily inhaled steroids to control their asthma were invited to enroll in the 2 year study, wherein half were placed on allergy shots and the other half were treated with medications alone. The group on allergy shots was able to reduce their inhaled steroid dose by 50%, while at the same time maintain better asthma control than before the study
According to Dr. Windom, this confirms observations at Windom Allergy, Asthma & Sinus with patients being treated with allergen immunotherapy, or allergy shots. After 3-6 months on allergy shots patients can typically decrease the medication use for both their nasal allergies and asthma.
Allergy shots are recommended for patients with allergic disease of the nose (allergic rhinitis or hay fever) or chest (asthma) who are not doing well on medications alone or feel they require too much medicine to keep them well. An allergy vaccine is prepared specifically for each patient, consisting of the allergen they have been shown to be allergic to by skin or blood testing. Gradually increasing doses of allergen vaccine are given weekly at first, then after 2-3 months the maintenance dose is reached and this dose is repeated every 2-4 weeks. Injections are usually continued for a five year course with the interval between shots extended to 4-6 weeks the last few years.
Allergy patients who are not content with their allergy quality of life should consider allergy shots. The staff at Windom Asthma, Allergy & Sinus are always available to answer questions about the management of allergic conditions.