ALLERGY TESTING AND THERAPY
Include Sneezing, itchy eyes, running nose, cough, shortness of breath
Features allergy treatment by Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner Jennifer Armstrong.
Call today for Allergy Specialist Appointment
Washington 509.987.1099 | Oregon 541.922.1750
Weekly immunotherapy is available in Kennewick, Umatilla, and Pendleton. As a team we provide all levels of immunotherapy to ensure the best possible outcome.
- Seasonal Allergy
- Bee Allergy/Anaphylaxis
- Food Allergy
- Penicillin Testing
- LDA Low Dose Antigen
Referral Fax: 541-922-1753
LDA Therapy, Low Dose Allergen Immunotherapy
Low Dose Allergen, or LDA therapy, is a safe and effective immunotherapy used to treat food allergies, environmental allergies, and autoimmune conditions. Injections are typically used for adults, with a sublingual option for children.
LDA treatment involves very low dose combinations of allergens along with an enzyme, beta-glucuronidase. The critical component of this enzyme is that it attracts specific white blood cells (T-regulator cells) involved in the immune response and makes them pay attention to the allergens included with the enzyme. This causes a down-regulation or calming of the reaction of the part of the immune system that was reacting to the allergens in the first place. In other words, LDA works to shut off the adverse or allergenic response and positively affect the immune system. This is also why it works well for most autoimmune conditions where the body is attacking itself.
How Does LDA therapy Differ From Conventional Allergy Treatments?
Conventional allergy medications work on blocking the histamine response, helping only when taken (and requiring patients to take medication indefinitely). Allergy shots and allergy drops work with the immune system to gradually build a tolerance to specific allergens. LDA treats multiple (over 300) foods or inhalant allergies in a single treatment. It also works for resetting the immune system’s response, rather than just working to build up a tolerance. It can also be used for more than just allergies because of how it works for resetting the immune system. LDA is less expensive and requires much less treatment – once every two months versus weekly allergy shots or daily allergy drops.
LDA Benefits Compared to Conventional Allergy Treatments:
- Quick results (most patients see improvements within 1-3 treatments)
- Long-lasting effects for a wide range of allergens
- Less frequent treatments (once every 2 months initially, then less frequent)
- Less expensive than conventional allergy therapy
Frequently Treated Conditions with LDA therapy:
- Autoimmune Diseases: Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, Lupus (SLE), Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Environmental Allergies, Asthma, Sinusitis
- Food Allergies & Sensitivities
- GI Issues: Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis
- Lyme Disease
- Skin Conditions: Dermatitis, Eczema, Psoriasis, Rosacea
What does LDA therapy involve?
During an office visit, we will determine if LDA is a suitable treatment for a patient and then put an order for a specific injection. Patients will get one injection every two months, with each treatment building on the next to restore natural immune tolerance. Gradually the interval between injections is extended until they are taken at yearly intervals. Most patients can either go a long time between injections or stop entirely after about 16 to 18 injections, with most patients noticing improvement within the first three doses.