Iowa Specialty Hospital is excited to announce the expansion of its allergy testing and treatment services to its Clarion location in January of 2016. The services include allergy immunotherapy, an FDA approved method for desensitizing allergies over time that has been proven to effectively alleviate allergy symptoms for life.
“We want the best possible care and treatment for our patients,” says Ashley Recknor, Specialty Clinic Leader. “This new service can significantly increase our patients’ quality of life by reducing or eliminating allergy symptoms and discomfort.”
Patients who suffer from seasonal allergies will be able to be tested at both Iowa Specialty Hospital in Belmond and Clarion for the most geographically specific mold and airborne allergens in the area. The medications, called allergy immunotherapy, are then custom-formulated based on the allergy test results and help desensitize patients to many of the pollens, molds and other triggers that cause symptoms.
Unlike allergy medicines, which act only to “cover up” allergic symptoms or prevent them temporarily, allergy immunotherapy can change the underlying problem of allergies. This occurs because the body treats the injection much like a vaccine, resulting in the production of infection-fighting antibodies against pollen, dust, mold or pet dander. The body then stops producing allergic antibodies against triggers, and therefore won’t have an allergic response when exposed to the allergens. Immunotherapy is also administered in the comfort of the patients’ home, instead of some common allergy therapies that require an appointment at the physician’s office, saving patients’ time and money.
For more information or to make an appointment for allergy testing, please call 641-444-3500.