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How can immunotherapy help my respiratory allergy symptoms?

Avoiding airborne allergens can be difficult, so immunotherapy may be a good treatment option for people with respiratory allergies. Immunotherapy, or desensitization, involves a series of shots or injections that put a tiny amount of the allergen into the patient's body. This helps allergy sufferers build up a tolerance to their allergens. Injections are given every two to six weeks, and it may take as long as three or four years of injections to fully control symptoms.

Immunotherapy can help prevent and minimize allergic reactions, but it's not a "cure" and it doesn't work for everyone. Treatment depends on each individual and their particular triggers, and the treatment is more effective for certain allergies (like respiratory allergies) than for others (like food allergies). Luckily, people with respiratory allergies who can't easily avoid their triggering substances often respond well to immunotherapy. In fact, some of the more common allergens that can be addressed using allergy shots include pollen, dust and mold.

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