What Is Allergy Immunotherapy?
Allergy immunotherapy is another term for allergy shots. HealthMaker Alkis Togias, MD, Asthma and Inflammation Section Chief at the NIAID provides a quick look at the history of allergy immunotherapy and why it's a key treatment.
Allergy immunotherapy is a form of therapy where the intent is to either desensitize or tolerize
a patient against the allergens that he or she is allergic too. And that can be done in various ways,
but it goes back more than a century. That's when it started. And it's been a treatment that has been
applied for many, many decades. We are at a crossroads of trying to improve
this form of treatment. But we do know that it works and it's a very interesting treatment also from the immunologic standpoint, understanding
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