By Ronald L Parker, P.A.
Hello everyone, we are all excited about the new immunotherapy we have to offer at Hotze Health & Wellness Center. It is called LDA (low dose allergen immunotherapy) and involves using a wide variety of allergens for desensitization (over 300), as compared to conventional immunotherapy like allergy shots or drops that only treat about 20-40 allergens. Most people respond much better to this broader coverage of treatment. Also, it is enzyme potentiated which increases the immunizing effects of the allergens. The enzyme, beta-glucuronidase, is added to the allergens just prior to taking the treatment.
Safe, Convenient Treatment
The treatment is convenient and only takes a few minutes. One to three small intradermal injections are given on the inside of the forearm, like a small allergy test. The injections are given every ten to twelve weeks during the first year and less often in year two. After the first six to ten doses, some patients will only need two to three doses a year. Some can even drop to one dose a year. About half of the patients treated can stop entirely for five to ten years without symptom increase.
LDA is also much safer that other immunotherapy treatments. There has never been a fatal or life-threatening systemic reaction to LDA treatment. The dose is so low that life-threatening reactions do not occur. We still take precautions, however, and you will have to remain in the office for thirty minutes after each treatment.
What does LDA treat?
With LDA, you will be able to treat for inhalant allergy, food allergy, and chemical sensitivity, with one injection for each category. Children will benefit greatly. Things like eczema, asthma, and recurrent ear infections respond well to LDA.
A few other things that are routinely treated with LDA are:
- perennial nasal allergy
- seasonal nasal allergy
- recurrent sinus infections
- chronic coughing
- irritable bowel syndrome
- chronic fatigue syndrome
- interstitial cystitis
- food sensitivity
This is not the entire list, but as you can see, the scope of treatment is quite large.
If you have any of the above symptoms or conditions, you should consider taking LDA treatment at the Hotze Health & Wellness Center. Remember, you do not have to live with these problems and you can live a better quality of life with the proper treatment.
We Can Help
Are you wondering if your symptoms could be caused by allergies? Take our symptom checker now. It only takes a few minutes and it can help give you some insight into what could be causing your symptoms.
If you have taken allergy shots or allergy drops in the past and it did not work well for you, then you should try LDA, which traditionally has been reserved for people that other types of immunotherapy have not worked for. Want to learn more? Call us today at 281-698-8698.