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How does immunotherapy work in treating hay fever?

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Given as shots or daily pills, it offers long-term relief from allergy symptoms. You’ll get a tiny dose of the allergens that bother you. Over time your body will get used to them and be less likely to react. You’ll get the shots at your doctor’s office. You might take them for several years.

The pills go under your tongue. You’ll probably take the first dose in your doctor’s office, but you can take them at home after that. In the U.S. they’re only used to treat grass and ragweed allergies.

SOURCES:

FDA.gov: “Allergies”

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology: “Rhinitis (Hay Fever)”

FDA.gov: “Is Rinsing Your Sinuses Safe?”

UpToDate: “Patient Information: Allergic rhinitis (seasonal allergies) (Beyond the Basics)

Seidman, M.D. Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery, February 2015.

Mayo Clinic: “Dark Circles Under Eyes.”

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: “Pollen Allergy”

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: “Diagnosis of Environmental Allergies.”

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology: “Hay Fever and Allergy Medications.”

American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: “Allergic Rhinitis.”

Ohio State University Wexler Medical Center, Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery: “Allergy Medications.”

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: “Immunotherapy for Environmental Allergies.”

US National Library of Medicine, PubMed Health: “Hay Fever and Dust Mite Allergies: Medication for the Relief of Allergic Rhinitis.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on June 18, 2018

SOURCES:

FDA.gov: “Allergies”

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology: “Rhinitis (Hay Fever)”

FDA.gov: “Is Rinsing Your Sinuses Safe?”

UpToDate: “Patient Information: Allergic rhinitis (seasonal allergies) (Beyond the Basics)

Seidman, M.D. Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery, February 2015.

Mayo Clinic: “Dark Circles Under Eyes.”

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: “Pollen Allergy”

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: “Diagnosis of Environmental Allergies.”

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology: “Hay Fever and Allergy Medications.”

American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: “Allergic Rhinitis.”

Ohio State University Wexler Medical Center, Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery: “Allergy Medications.”

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: “Immunotherapy for Environmental Allergies.”

US National Library of Medicine, PubMed Health: “Hay Fever and Dust Mite Allergies: Medication for the Relief of Allergic Rhinitis.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on June 18, 2018

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