How does Low Dose Immunotherapy work?It is generally understood that an allergen such as dust mite, is a substance that can cause an immune response, resulting in production of an antibody. Low Dose Immunotherapy works by stimulating the production of antibodies using an allergen preparation so that when the allergen is next encountered, the body is better prepared to deal with it. The Low Dose Immunotherapy testing protocol challenges the body with a chosen allergen until resolution of that reactionisachieved. Testing is carried out by using intradermal skin tests (similar to skin prick tests) where a small concentration of a chosen allergen is injected under the top layer of the skin and a bump or “wheal” is produced. The wheal may remain the same size, enlarge or dissolve. If the wheal or any symptoms remain after 10 minutes then a sequentially lower concentration of the allergen is injected adjacent to the original wheal and evaluated in the same manner. This process is repeated until a satisfactory wheal and no symptoms remains. The point at which the reaction is resolved is known as the “endpoint”. For ease of treatment a number of “endpoints” can be compounded into a mixture. This mixture should be injected daily to ensure the production of antibodies continues and the body is prepared to deal with these encounters. Where sublingual drops are the preferred means of treatment for children or needle phobic adults then one drop is taken three times a day.
Low Dose Immunotherapy involves skin or sublingual testing of foods, chemicals or inhalants.
What are the benefits of taking Low Dose Immunotherapy?There are both diagnostic and treatment benefits when using Low Dose Immunotherapy. The standard method of diagnosing food allergies or intolerances is by exclusion and challenge (food elimination protocol). This protocol takes many weeks and many patients find it difficult to put this into practice. The standard treatment approach is to exclude those items causing adverse symptoms. Many patients find this process restrictive and difficult and in severe cases exclusions can lead to nutritional imbalances. Low Dose Immunotherapy testing is much quicker than the standard food elimination protocol. When testing or receiving treatment Low Dose Immunotherapy patients can continue to eat or be exposed to those foods or other items which were previously problematic. Exclusion is not the standard approach. This means there is minimal inconvenience or restriction to the patient’s diet. Low Dose Immunotherapy treatment will assist the patient to have a more nutritional balanced diet than previously possible. Low Dose Immunotherapy testing and treatment can be used for allergies or intolerances to food, chemical, inhalant and pharmaceutical products. Low Dose Immunotherapy testing and treatment items are preservative free.
Low Dose Immunotherapy can assist in the treatment of people with multiple allergies and/or intolerances.Evidence based research indicates that Low Dose Immunotherapy treatment can benefit a significant number of people. Read More
Low Dose Immunotherapy comes in two treatment types.Multi-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 approriate 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. 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.
Usually, the broader the range of items tested and covered by Personalised Low Dose Immunotherapy, the better the end results for the patient.Low Dose Immunotherapy testing is completed by registered nurses under the supervision of the YourHealth doctors.