How Subcutaneous Immunotherapy (Scit) Works for Addressing Allergies
- Posted on: Aug 15 2019
At Daneshrad Clinic in the Torrance and Santa Monica, CA area, Dr. Payam Daneshrad provides a wide range of services. When patients are experiencing allergies, they may be curious as to their options outside of over-the-counter allergy medication. With solutions such as subcutaneous immunotherapy, or SCIT, our team can help patients build up immunity to certain allergies that may put them in danger.
How is subcutaneous immunotherapy performed?
Subcutaneous immunotherapy is a special process to help patients build an immunity to certain allergies. Very small quantities of the allergen is injected into the patient’s arm once every week. The doses are gradually increased to the point where the patient is able to show a sufficient tolerance to the exposed allergen without the development of allergic reactions. At this point, patients have reached their “maintenance” dose.
After the maintenance dose, the injections are continued but with decreasing frequency. The patient will have partial immunity to the problematic allergens which can reduce the severity of their allergic response. This is incredibly important for patients who have severe allergies that can be life-threatening to them.
What allergens can be reduce using the SCIT method?
Most common allergies can be addressed with this method of immunotherapy, including patients who are allergic to:
- Animal dander
- Seasonal pollen
- Dust mites
Who is a candidate?
Determining candidacy for subcutaneous immunotherapy can be decided during a consultation appointment and initial evaluation with Dr. Payam Daneshrad. Most patients who want to build immunity towards allergens can ask about this treatment as a solution, rather than masking the problem with the use of daily medications with unwanted side effects. We provide subcutaneous immunotherapy and other solutions for patients seeking relief from their seasonal or environmental allergies.
Request your appointment with the team at Daneshrad Clinic
Patients of the Torrance and Santa Monica, CA area can speak with Dr. Payam Daneshrad regarding allergy shots such as subcutaneous immunotherapy. This method of treatment can help patients who have a severe allergy or do not respond well with other treatment options. Contact our practice today to learn more about this and other allergy shot solutions by calling (310) 453-6500.
Posted in: Allergy Treatment