Immunotherapy 101

All you need to know about allergy immunotherapy, simplified.
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UNDERSTAND

Allergy Immunotherapy in a Nutshell

Allergy immunotherapy is a clinician-prescribed treatment that helps build long-term tolerance to allergens that millions of Americans suffer from.

What is Immunotherapy?

Allergy immunotherapy is the repeated introduction of medical-grade allergens into the system, building the body’s tolerance and decreasing its reactivity to allergens.

The goal is to provide long-term relief & improve the quality of life by treating the source of allergies, not just the symptoms.

Immunotherapy has been around for over 100 years. More convenient forms of this treatment have started gaining popularity recently, making it accessible to many Americans struggling with allergies.

Common Misconceptions

Myth: “Immunotherapy is not any different than allergy meds.”

Fact: Allergy meds are advertised to provide relief for up to 24 hours, but they only mask the symptoms. Allergy immunotherapy on the other hand, treats the source of allergies for long-term relief.

Another key difference is, immunotherapy utilizes clinical-grade allergen extracts unlike common medications which make use of chemical compounds to temporarily mask symptoms.

“Allergy immunotherapy is considered a “homeopathic treatment”.

Fact: Immunotherapy has been studied rigorously with many clinical trials and peer-reviewed research proving its efficacy.

“It’s okay to suffer from allergies. I don’t really need a treatment THAT much.”

Fact: Allergies, if untreated, can lead to chronic respiratory health issues such as asthma, or skin disorders like eczema.

It’s also been shown that allergies are the #1 reason people miss work or school. Studies have also shown that students who suffer from allergies receive worse grades than their peers.

Treating the source of allergies can not only improve the quality of life, but help your professional and academic performance.

Is immunotherapy safe?

Allergy immunotherapy is very safe, with mild side effects including redness, itching and swelling.

Severe reactions are extremely rare, {…..} Most common form of allergy immunotherapy in the United States is allergy shots, which are administered in person. 

Curex clinicians prescribe a different form of immunotherapy called “sublingual immunotherapy” (SLIT), which is applied under the tongue instead of injections. This form is shown to be even safer, and people with more severe allergies are usually pointed in this direction. Let’s talk more about different forms of immunotherapy.

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Allie

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Nevada

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"I have two cats I can finally cuddle!"

Cat and dog allergies

Zachary

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Texas

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“I can breathe through my nose for the first time in like 20 years!"

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mold allergy

Dust and mold allergies

Erika

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New York

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“I've noticed less sneezing and shortness of breath.”

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Tree and grass allergies

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Texas

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I love the convenience!

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Tree and cat allergies

Forms of Immunotherapy

needle for allergy shots
Allergy Shots
(SCIT)
curex box
Curex
(SLIT)

Doctor Visits

Once a week
100% at home

Risk of adverse reactions

Low
Lowest

Cumulative Dose

High
5 to 30x Higher

What Allergies Can Immunotherapy Treat?

Immunotherapy is a custom treatment formulated based on your allergy profile, along with allergens you are exposed to where you live.

This approach allows immunotherapy to treat a wide array of allergies. The most common ones we treat are:

tree allergy

Tree Pollen

Grass Pollen

Weed Pollen

Dog Allergies

Cat Allergies

mold allergy

Mold

Dust Mites

Cockroaches

We do not prescribe immunotherapy for food allergies or food insensitivity.

Who is immunotherapy for? Am I a good fit?

A common misconception is that immunotherapy is only for people who experience very severe allergies.

While this treatment is very effective for people suffering from severe reactions, anyone with seasonal, indoor or pet allergies can experience a significant improvement in quality of life as a result of this treatment, along with a lower chance of developing more serious conditions down the road.

Immunotherapy is safe and effective for both adults and kids 5+.

Timeline of Allergy Immunotherapy

First step for allergy immunotherapy to determine your allergies- either using pre-existing allergy test results or an at-home allergy test through Curex. ($49)

Once we have your allergy test results, you will meet with a Curex clinician to customize the treatment based on your needs. Your treatment will be shipped to you quarterly.

1st Month - Build-up Phase

During your first month, the goal is to start introducing allergens at gradually increasing concentrations to prevent any side effects and get your immune system ready for treatment. Apply the treatment daily under the tongue.

Months 6-12

Most patients start seeing improvements before the end of their first year. In some cases, people start experiencing significant improvement in their symptoms earlier.

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