What are the advantages of allergen-specific immunotherapy for the treatment of pediatric allergic rhinitis?

Updated: Jun 04, 2021
  • Author: Jack M Becker, MD; Chief Editor: Harumi Jyonouchi, MD  more...
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Allergen-specific immunotherapy is an alternative form of therapy that has several advantages. Most importantly, it is the only form of therapy that can cure allergy symptoms. Allergen-specific immunotherapy must be customized to the patient's individual allergies and involves weekly injections of increasing concentrations of an allergen until the maintenance dose is reached and a monthly injection of the maintenance dose for several years. The process usually does not produce clinical results in the first 6 months but results are seen afterwards. The recommended course is usually 4–5 years. Allergen-specific immunotherapy has been demonstrated to be more cost effective and improves the patient's quality of life more efficiently than standard allergy medications.


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