Unlike the common cold, chronic sinusitis typically isn’t caused by a viral or bacterial infections. Despite over-the-counter treatments, people who suffer from chronic sinus infections often experience inflamed or swollen nasal passages for 4-8 weeks at a time. Some corticosteroid sprays can keep the symptoms of chronic sinusitis at bay, but they only treat the symptoms of the conditions—not the cause. For Atlanta allergy patients, this is especially true.
Also known as allergen immunotherapy, allergy shots are an effective means of treating chronic or recurrent sinusitis that is caused by environmental or seasonal allergens, such as dust mites, molds, pet dander, or ragweed. Consistent immunotherapy treatment can also prevent the need for more drastic treatments, such as endoscopic sinus surgery.
Other benefits of allergy shots include:
- Reduction of costs associated with missed work or school
- Safe for children as young as four
- Reduction in 80-90% of allergy symptoms, as well as decreased asthma symptoms
How Do Allergy Shots Work?
Rather than treating the symptoms of allergies, allergy shots work to eliminate future allergic reactions to specific substances or environmental triggers. Much like a vaccine, allergen immunotherapy slowly introduces your body to very small doses of an allergen, stimulating the immune system. Each time you receive an allergy shot, the dosage will be a little bit higher, thus re-training your immune system to tolerate the allergen.
Most patients experience relief from chronic sinusitis symptoms with the first few months of treatment; for long term relief from recurring sinus infections, most allergy specialists recommend that patients maintain an immunotherapy regimen for 3 to 5 years.
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