Other Allergy Treatment Options
As we continue to learn more about mechanisms behind allergy and additional research is done, it opens the possibilities of new treatment modes to address unique patient needs.
With the La Crosse Method™ Protocol, we’ve created a family of protocols that are suited to address the wide range of allergic conditions and patient needs. By using patient-specific dosing based on precise testing, history and exams, we can feel comfortable knowing that there are safe options for treating even the most fragile patients with any number of related issues. That is why we continue to use this as our preferred mode of treatment at Allergy Associates of La Crosse.
In recent years, treatment options in addition to allergy drops and allergy shots have gained interest. We continue to monitor those and assess where they may fit with future patient treatment options.
Sublingual Immunotherapy Tablets. Single antigen options for grass, ragweed and dust mite currently approved; others under development. Read more here.
Oral Immunotherapy (OIT). Currently in trials. Though both methods are delivered orally, the mechanisms behind OIT and allergy drops (SLIT) differ. Because of these differences, OIT may not be indicated for some patients based on other conditions, allergy severity and age. A reason for selecting one over the other is the goal of treatment – especially for those whose food allergies are life threatening. If the goal of treatment is to gain enough tolerance that an accidental exposure wouldn’t cause a significant life-threatening reaction (especially for those with life-threatening food allergy), then sublingual immunotherapy may be favored. If the treatment goal is to gain enough tolerance that items such as peanut can be eaten on a daily basis in significant amounts, then oral immunotherapy may be favored as the treatment becomes more widely studied and available.
Chinese Herbs. We have found that using these in conjunction with La Crosse Method Protocol has been helpful for a number of our patients and hope to have more results to report in the future.
Peanut and other allergen patches. Currently in trials.
Allergy shots, injections, or SCIT. Allergy injections work similar to allergy drops to change the underlying allergic disease by slowly building tolerance to allergens. Allergy shots are typically not indicated for young children, patients with food allergies, or those with uncontrolled asthma and other health conditions. Patients are typically required to stay in the doctor’s office for 30 minutes after receiving an allergy shot to be monitored for minor to severe reactions after treatment.
Pharmacotherapy. A number of medications are used to temporarily modify the symptoms of allergy, though they do not modify the disease. This may include new classes of biologics that are used to reduce symptoms temporarily. We currently prescribe a number of these in conjunction with disease modifying treatment (allergy drops) in early treatment stages to help patients manage symptoms until allergic tolerance grows and symptoms are reduced.