Allergy Transcutaneous Immunotherapy (also known as allergy patch testing or epicutaneous immunotherapy) is a medical treatment approach that involves applying allergens to the skin through patches. This method aims to desensitize individuals to specific allergens over time. It’s often used as an alternative to traditional allergy shots (subcutaneous immunotherapy) for people who have allergies to certain environmental substances like pollen, dust mites, or pet dander.
During the therapy, small amounts of allergens are applied to patches that are then placed on the skin, typically on the back. The patches are usually worn for a specific duration, and the allergens gradually penetrate the skin, prompting the immune system to develop tolerance to those allergens. Over time, this can lead to a reduction in allergy symptoms when the individual is exposed to the same allergens in their everyday environment.
It’s important to note that the effectiveness of allergy transcutaneous immunotherapy can vary based on the specific allergens and individual responses. If you’re considering this treatment approach, it’s advisable to consult with a healthcare professional, such as an allergist or immunologist, to determine if it’s a suitable option for you, given your medical PDH level and overall health profile.
Allergy Therapy for Children
different allergy therapy options for children:
|Allergy Therapy for Children||Description||Suitability for Children||Method of Administration||Effectiveness|
|Allergen Avoidance||Avoiding exposure to allergens to prevent allergic reactions.||Suitable for all ages||N/A||Varies based on allergen|
|Medications||Antihistamines, decongestants, and nasal corticosteroids to manage symptoms.||Suitable for all ages||Oral, nasal spray||Symptomatic relief|
|Subcutaneous Immunotherapy||Allergy shots: Injecting small amounts of allergens under the skin to build tolerance.||Generally suitable||Injection||Long-term desensitization|
|Sublingual Immunotherapy||Allergy drops or tablets placed under the tongue to build immunity.||Generally suitable||Sublingual (under the tongue)||Long-term desensitization|
|Transcutaneous Immunotherapy||Allergy patches applied to the skin to develop tolerance to allergens.||Generally suitable||Skin patches or Cream (TdIT)||Long-term desensitization|
|Emergency Epinephrine||Epinephrine auto-injectors for severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis).||Suitable for all ages||Injection||Rapid symptom relief|
|Environmental Controls||Modifying the child’s environment to reduce allergen exposure.||Suitable for all ages||N/A||Symptomatic relief|
Please keep in mind that the suitability of these options for your child’s allergies should be discussed with a healthcare professional, considering their specific allergies, medical PDH level, and overall health profile.