Low Dose Immunotherapy comes in two treatment typesMulti-Allergy Low Dose Immunotherapy This treatment is best suited to patients with fewer or less intense allergies or intolerances, for instance, where the patient has seasonal allergic responses such as ‘hay fever’. This treatment protocol can contain up to 100 different kinds of foods or chemicals or inhalants in one application. Testing for the Multi-Allergy treatment is generally completed in half a day. Re-testing is generally completed in a matter of hours. Multi-Allergy treatment may also be used in conjunction with the targeted and individualised treatment since it can provide a ‘background’ cover for commonly encountered allergens. Personalised Low Dose Immunotherpay This treatment is for more complex cases and sensitive individuals. With the Personalised Low Dose Immunotherapy testing and treatment may focus on one particular aspects of your problems. However, experience at Breakspear Hospital has shown that in the more complex cases allergic reactions and intolerances as a general rule are a combination of factors of which patients may be unaware. For instance, in the case of delayed food reactions (this is a common response), reactions may be less obvious or simply unobserved. Whilst focusing on issues of immediate concern may assist, in the longer term, it may be more appropriate to test all currently eaten foods to ensure a better patient outcome is achieved. The inclusion of any additional items can always be added at any future testing or re-testing time. Usually, the broader the range of items tested and covered by Personalised Low Dose Immunotherapy, the better the end results for the patient. Testing times for the Personalised Low Dose Immunotherapy largely depends on the number of items chosen and how intolerant or allergic you are. Generally, testing can take several days but may take longer in complex cases.
Low Dose Immunotherapy testing is completed by registered nurses under the supervision of doctors.
How are children tested?Our approach when testing and treating children for allergies or intolerances does not involve the use of needles. Instead, we use sublingual drops under the tongue. This means your child will have a positive experience when testing for allergies or intolerances or receiving treatment.
How often should I take Low Dose Immunotherapy?After testing and diagnosis is completed, the Low Dose Immunotherapy preparation must be taken daily by a subcutaneous injection. All patients are instructed by the registered nurse how this is done. If you are needle phobic or a child then 3 drops must be taken daily under the tongue (sublingual). The nurse will instruct you how this is done. A safe clip will be supplied at cost to ensure a safe and hygienic way of needle disposal. Re-testing will assist in ensuring that your reactions are minimised and you receive the full benefit of the treatment. Depending on the number of items in your Low Dose Immunotherapy preparation, re-testing can often be completed in half a day.
How long should the treatment continue?
The duration of treatment depends on the complexity of your case, your allergy or intolerance levels and the length of time you have been unwell.Treatment is generally continued for up to two years after initial testing. Depending on the YourHealth doctor’s advice, you may wish to reduce the frequency of taking your Low Dose Immunotherapy treatment, for instance, you may take it once every second day or then every third day etc. However, this generally depends on your progress.
Where can I be tested using Low Dose Immunotherapy?In keeping with their practice of integrating conventional western medicine with evidence based alternatives, your referring doctor or the doctors at YourHealth Brighton can provide you with variety of diagnostic and treatment options. In the case of foods, the gold standard has been the IgE immunological tests (skin prick and blood) and exclusion and challenge (food elimination protocol). However, in addition to their conventional western medicine approach the Allergy and Intolerance Clinic located within the YourHealth Brighton medical practice offers Low Dose Immunotherapy treatment using the Breakspear Hospital (UK) protocol.
Low Dose Immunotherapy testing is completed by registered nurses under the supervision of doctors.YourHealth Brighton is an accredited medical practice.