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How is immunotherapy improving?

Paul M. Ehrlich, MD
Allergy & Immunology
Current research holds the promise of much safer courses of immunotherapy. One promising avenue is changing the allergy material so that it provokes a good immune response but without being allergenic enough to provoke an allergic response. This is much like a classic vaccination.

Another exciting development, now in final stages of evaluation, is the second type of allergy shot. This is anti-immunoglobulin E (IgE), in effect an antibody to the allergic antibody, which would be injected into the blood stream or beneath the skin and accomplish what would otherwise require a lengthy course of traditional allergy shots. If you block or neutralize the functioning of the allergic antibody IgE, allergies get better. Laboratory anti-IgE has shown in trials to effectively improve asthma and allergies, including peanut allergy, the most critical and stubborn food-allergic problem. It also helps remove IgE antibodies, accelerating the traditional immunotherapy process. Thus, high or maintenance levels of allergy vaccine may be administered much sooner than with conventional immunotherapy.
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