ORLANDO, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire)— More than 50 million Americans suffer from various types of allergies and people spend more than 18 billion dollars each year for treatment. Now, a treatment that is providing patients quicker relief, ExACT Immunoplasty.
With spring in full swing, some may feel their allergies are too.
“Just being outdoors. I got a lot of itchy eyes, sneezing, congestion, nasal drainage,” shared Jennifer Basyooni.
Over-the-counter medications can help.
“I’m on Claritin or Zyrtec, you know, I take that daily,” Basyooni explained.
But long-term use can have some serious consequences.
“You can end up having things like drugged driving, it can affect learning abilities in children, and even long-term antihistamine use has been connected with risk factors for dementia,” warned Suresh Raja, MD, an otolaryngologist & sinus surgeon at Aspire Allergy & Sinus.
Now, a first-of-its-kind treatment is getting rid of allergies in a matter of two months. Unlike allergy drops or shots, which slowly introduces allergens through the skin or mouth over several months or even years, the expedited allergy control therapy, or ExACT Immunoplasty, gives patients three injections over a span of 60 days.
“We inject what you’re allergic to directly into your lymph nodes to allow your immune system to be reprogrammed and build up blocking antibodies,” illustrated Dr. Raja.
In a trial for ExACT Immunoplasty, the long-term success rate was 87 percent.
“What they get out of it has been really quite life-changing for many, many patients,” shared Dr. Raja.
Allowing patients to breathe freely.
Patients 12 years and older can receive ExACT Immunoplasty. While allergy shots are typical covered by insurance, ExACT Immunoplasty is not. The average cost for the therapy is $2,500 and doctors say the effects are lifelong.
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TOPIC: ExACT IMMUNOPLASTY GETS RID OF ALLERGIES FOR GOOD!
REPORT: MB #4901
BACKGROUND: In many areas of the United States, spring allergies begin in February and last until the early summer. Tree pollination begins earliest in the year followed by grass pollination later in the spring and summer and ragweed in the late summer and fall. In tropical climates, however, grass may pollinate throughout a good portion of the year. The most common culprit for fall allergies is ragweed, a plant that grows wild almost everywhere, but especially on the East Coast and in the Midwest. Ragweed blooms and releases pollen from August to November. In many areas of the country, ragweed pollen levels are highest in early to mid-September. While the timing and severity of an allergy season varies across the country, climate factors also can influence your symptoms.
DIAGNOSING SEASONAL ALLERGIES: Unlike colds, seasonal allergies usually last longer than a week or two. If you have seasonal allergy symptoms and are looking for relief, check with a health care provider. Often, a skin test or allergen-specific blood test can help confirm which type of pollen a person is allergic to. Providers can also diagnose seasonal allergies based on when a person’s symptoms developed. Seasonal allergies often run in families. If both of a person’s parents or siblings have them, they more than likely will suffer from them too.
Many people with seasonal allergies also have asthma and may experience shortness of breath, wheezing, and coughing, in addition to other symptoms.
NEW WAYS TO PREVENT SEASONAL ALLERGIES: Recently, the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) took part in publishing a practice guideline for allergists and other healthcare workers about the latest developments in understanding allergic rhinitis. If you plan to take an oral medication to treat your hay fever, think twice before using first generation antihistamines such as Benadryl. They can cause drowsiness and symptoms like dry mouth, dry eyes, and constipation. Look for non-sedating treatments such as cetirizine, levocetirizine, fexofenadine, loratadine or desloratadine instead.
Intranasal corticosteroids are the most effective treatment if you suffer from persistent allergy symptoms, especially if they are interfering with your quality of life and may even help control the symptoms that accompany eye allergies. The ACAAI also recommends not to take pseudoephedrine, which is the main ingredient in methamphetamine, commonly called “meth” and is only available by prescription or by specially requesting it from a pharmacist, depending on what state you are in. In developing the new guidelines, allergists did an extensive review of medical studies that examined the effectiveness and safety of alternative treatments such as acupuncture and herbal medications, but because there is a lack of adequate studies, they concluded that they could not currently recommend for or against the use of these treatments for solving seasonal allergies. Testing for seasonal allergies should include sensitivity to pets, dust mites, trees, grasses, weeds, and mold as they are the most likely triggers for nasal allergies.
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