Eczema very often has its root in allergy. Creams and pills can treat the symptoms, but when eczema is allergy-related, allergy immunotherapy is the key to addressing the heart of the problem.
Mesa, Arizona (PRWEB) June 27, 2014
As allergy season comes into full swing, often times eczema follows. Family Allergy Clinic of Arizona announces a new solution as an alternative to allergy shots. Allergy shots can help markedly with eczema, but they are not recommended for children under 7. Sublingual allergy drops, however, provide a safer, less painful alternative to shots for young eczema sufferers.
Pain-free treatment for allergies. With sublingual immunotherapy, allergy serum is taken as drops under the tongue instead of as shots.
Because allergy drops are safer than shots, they can be taken at home rather than at the doctor’s office.
Pills, inhalers, and nose sprays only affect the symptoms of allergy–not the allergy itself. Allergy drops treat the underlying problem, conditioning the body to stop overreacting to allergens in the environment in ways that lead to troubling symptoms.
For children, too.
Children are often required to be at least seven years old before they can start on allergy shot programs, but allergy drops have been shown to be safe and effective for children under 5.1
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Cameron Tackett developed severe eczema when he was just six months old. Before long, most of his body was covered with raised, red patches that were maddeningly itchy. That began a four-year odyssey for the Tackett family as they went from doctor to doctor in search of relief.
Physicians prescribed an arsenal of remedies--at one point he was on a total of 29 different medications and creams but nothing brought relief.
"He was one big scab," said Cameron's mother, Sandra. "I used to wrap his arms and legs every night because otherwise he would just scratch and scratch until it bled."
When Cameron was a toddler, Sandra began to notice that his eczema was worse during allergy season. She sought out allergy immunotherapy but was told that Cameron would have to wait until he was at least 7 to get allergy shots due to safety concerns such as anaphylactic reaction.
Then, Sandra heard from a friend about a child-friendly version of allergy treatment. She visited the Family Allergy Clinic which specializes in an alternative to allergy shots known as sublingual immunotherapy or allergy drops. As with shots, the drops starts with an allergy serum that can help the body build up an immunity to allergens in the environment. But instead of being injected into the skin, the serum is dispensed in the mouth as sublingual (under-the-tongue) drops. The drops then are absorbed into the bloodstream through special cells in the mouth.
Sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) has been shown to be safe for children under five, making it an especially good choice for young eczema sufferers who aren't eligible for shots. And because of SLIT's higher safety profile, the drops can be taken at home rather than at the doctor's office.
Within several weeks of starting treatment, Cameron's eczema looked the best it had in years, dissipating to a few hardly-noticeable patches.
Dr. Stuart Agren, director of the Family Allergy Clinic, said that he has treated more than 15,000 patients - many of them with eczema - using sublingual immunotherapy.
"Many people think of eczema as strictly a skin issue, but it very often has its root in allergy," said Dr. Agren. "And no matter how much cream you slather on it, it will continue to come back if allergies are the source."
For more information on the services of Family Allergy Clinic's allergy doctors, visit familyallergyclinic.com or call 480-827-9945.