Update on efficacy of allergen immunotherapy for allergic rhinitis and asthma

Carol A. Saltoun*

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Specific allergen immunotherapy (IT) has long been used to treat allergic rhinitis and asthma. Review of the literature from the past 5 years continues to support this use of IT as the only disease-modifying treatment of allergic disease currently available. In addition, studies suggest that allergen IT may prevent the progression of allergic disease. In monosensitized patients, IT may prevent polysensitization. In younger patients with allergic rhinitis only, IT may prevent the new onset of asthma. Although these studies require further validation, the evidence is important enough to consider disease prevention as one of the indications for prescribing allergen IT.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)377-380
Number of pages4
JournalAllergy and asthma proceedings
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


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