By Cecily Markland
Family Allergy Clinic Has High Success Rates with No-Shots Allergy Treatment
Growing up on an Idaho farm, Dr. Stuart Agren suffered miserably with hay fever. When he opened the Family Allergy Clinic in Mesa in the mid-1980s, he wanted to go beyond the status quo.
“The options at the time were not great,” says Dr. Agren, “and many people suffered with their allergies rather than facing the hassles of treatment.”
Allergy pills like antihistamines had unwanted side effects and only worked short term. Allergy shots were a long-term fix, but people often grew tired of driving to the doctor’s office a couple times a week for injections so would drop off the shots.
Dr. Agren learned about a treatment widely used in Europe called sublingual immunotherapy or SLIT. It worked a lot like allergy shots, but instead of being injected, the antigen was taken under the tongue and absorbed into the bloodstream through special cells in the mouth. Because SLIT was safer than shots, it could be taken at home.
Wanting to introduce the treatment to his own patients, Dr. Agren became one of the first U.S. doctors to prescribe SLIT. Now, nearly 30 years later, he has relieved over 15,000 patients of allergy symptoms using the treatment.
“About 85 percent of my allergic patients and 90 percent of asthmatics experience symptom relief within the first few months,” says Dr. Agren. “Those are very high numbers in this field, and one big reason is that the treatment is really easy to stick with. You simply squeeze a few drops of allergy serum under your tongue each day.”
Plus, “Because our serum is so comprehensive, it protects against new allergens that may blow into town,” says Dr. Agren. “It also protects against allergens people may not have reacted to in testing but will definitely react to in nature.”
Dr. Agren recently developed an under-the-tongue serum, which can treat for allergies to nearly 60 different food items, including milk, eggs, wheat, soy, rice, and fruits and vegetables.
After 30 years, Dr. Agren continues to enjoy his work as an allergist.
“I recently treated a retired Air Force officer who was a national competitor in senior master track and field,” says Dr. Agren. “He had been totally incapacitated by adult-onset asthma for two years.”
After seeing dozens of doctors and feeling like a “walking pharmacy” with all the medications he had taken, he sought treatment from Dr. Agren and was symptom-free in just a couple months.
“Allergies may not affect the quantity of life, but they sure do affect the quality,” says Dr. Agren. “Being able to restore that quality of life gives me a very high degree of job satisfaction.”
For information about no-shots allergy treatment for food and pollen allergies, contact the Family Allergy Clinic. (480) 827-9945, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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