Our Bellevue clinic is for immunotherapy appointments only.
Immunotherapy-What Is It?
Immunotherapy commonly referred to as "allergy shots"teaches the immune system not to overreact to innocent items in the environment. It begins with testing to identify your allergens. Then using pharmaceutical extracts of the molds, mites, dander, or pollens you're allergic to, we make a series of sterile dilutions. We work our way up from tiny amounts of the weakest dilution to full concentrates. This technique has been proven over 85 years, and it desensitizes your immune system to permanently erase your allergies. And the shots don't hurt.
How do allergy vaccines work?
Allergies are among the most common chronic conditions worldwide. Allergy symptoms range from making you feel miserable to long term illness. According to the leading experts in allergy, an allergic reaction begins in the immune system. Our immune system protects us from invading organisms that cause illness. If you have an allergy, your immune system mistakes an otherwise harmless substance for an invader. This substance is called an allergen.
A number of different allergens are responsible for allergic reaction. The most common include:
Allergy vaccines are a form of treatment called immunotherapy. Each allergy shot contains a tiny amount of the specific substances that trigger your allergic reactions. Your body responds to injected amounts of a particular allergen, given gradually increasing doses, thereby developing immunity or tolerance to the allergen. This involves receiving injections with increasing amounts of the allergen one to two times per week.
Are Allergy shots safe?
Immunotherapy is safe and usually cause no adverse reactions, but like all medical treatment has some risk. Since immunotherapy uses natural extracts of the very thing to which you are allergic, it can cause allergic reactions. Most such reactions are local, but they can be generalized, such as sneezing, runny nose, nose congestion and hives.
What to expect during your first visit
You will be in our clinic for approximately 2 hours. Dr. Speidel will use this time to go over your allergy symptoms, your history, and have you do a multi-prick test (MPT).
The MPT will test for over 70 different environmental allergies (grasses, molds, weeds etc). The test is done within 25 mins. Dr. Speidel will go over the results with you and customize an immunotherapy plan with your specific allergies. He may even have you do a food allergy test. That is done by sending your blood to an outside lab with results in about 4 weeks.
Before starting any treatment Dr. Speidel will answer all your questions. We will also check your insurance benefits to be sure everything is covered before your first visit.
If you would like to schedule an appt in our Bellevue clinic please call 425-957-0761. We are currently only seeing patients at this location on Monday and Friday.