My daughter and I have been suffering from serious allergic rhinitis since birth.
It has bothered and affected me throughout my whole life and the symptoms were even more severe for my daughter. She could hardly fall asleep when the symptoms stroke as her nose was totally blocked. Her eyes would be swollen up and she couldn’t help sneezing to the point where one box of tissue would only last for an hour. In a nutshell, the problem prevented her from carrying out normal daily functions properly. As a parent, it was heartbreaking to see my daughter suffer and was unable to do anything but to hope the next relapse won’t come too soon.
One year ago, I finally said that’s it for all traditional treatments and researched for a better alternative. Thanks to the recommendation from a dear friend, I was referred to a doctor who offered allergy shots (Allergen Immunotherapy) in Hong Kong. For details about allergy shots, click the link here.
I was skeptical in the first place. Why haven’t I heard of this treatment before? So many people among us are having the same problem, if there is a treatment that could solve the issue once and for all, why no one was talking about it? All these years with countless visits to the “specialists”, I was told that they could only administer drugs and inhalers that alleviated the symptoms for that particular episode but the effect would not be long-lasting. Wouldn’t it be too good to be true?
I took my daughter to see the doctor anyway as I was running out of option.
After consulting the doctor and undergoing allergic testing, my daughter was confirmed to be highly allergic to environmental dust mites and household dust mites, very common causes of allergic rhinitis in Asia. The doctor was confident in helping my daughter as we spoke and subsequently I did a series of research on allergy shots. To my surprise, I realized such treatment had been a proven effective treatment for allergic rhinitis and some other allergies for AGES!
I soon took my girl back to have her first shot. It turned out to be my best decision ever and I just wish I had learnt about it much earlier.
In just a matter of months after her first shot, my daughter’s allergic symptoms gradually subsided. In the past year, there were a couple of allergic attacks but the symptoms were nothing serious comparing to those twelve months ago. It’s hard to put into words how grateful my husband and I are as my daughter doesn’t have to bear with the chronic illness like I did anymore. I was so impressed with the result that I have also started the treatment recently – a standard treatment takes at least 3 years to complete.
Going back to the question I asked myself on why this effective treatment was not widely known to those in need, the only reason I could think of is there are very few medical practitioners who are offering this treatment. But it bugs me more in thinking there are kids and adults who can be freed from this suffering but they just don’t know there is a way! So, I decided to write about this and do my part to spread the word.
If you and your loved ones have been plagued by allergic rhinitis, have exhausted all their means to treat the illness but in vain, and are willing to commit significant amount of time in order to relieve the symptoms, taking allergy shot is a no-brainer.
P.S.: I am not an expert in this field and I have no affiliation or association to any medical practitioners who offer this treatment. Allergy shots work for some allergies only and whoever wants to take the treatment would need to take the allergic test and consult with the doctor for recommendations.
Also published on Medium.