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In many instances, asthma symptoms are linked to allergies. If you suffer from allergic asthma, you know how quickly symptoms can develop if you are exposed to an allergen. Symptoms, such as wheezing, chest tightness, coughing and shortness of breath can range from mild to severe.
Asthma medications may reduce allergic asthma symptoms. But for some people, asthma symptoms continue to persist and may frequently occur. In addition to medications, such as steroids and bronchodilators, administration of immunomudulatory agents may be recommended to treat allergic asthma.
Immunomudulatory agents are a class of drugs, which modify one or more functions of the immune system. Certain immunomudulatory agents have been used to treat some types of cancer. Currently, the FDA has approved an immunomudulatory agent to treat persistent and moderate asthma.
During an allergic asthma attack, the immune system recognizes an allergen as harmful, and an immune system response occurs. Part of the response of the immune system is to release a substance called immunoglobulin E (IgE). The release of IgE is thought to play a role in the development of allergy asthma symptoms. Certain immunomudulatory agents work by decreasing the action of IgE, which in turn reduces allergic asthma symptoms.
The immunomudulatory agent is administered through a subcutaneous injection in the skin. The number of injections needed and the frequency will be determined after a visit with an allergist. If you have allergic asthma symptoms, which are not controlled by a steroid inhaler, administration of an immunomudulatory agent may reduce the number of asthma attacks due to allergens.
After administration of an immunomudulatory agent, you will be monitored to make sure you do not have an allergic reaction. The most common side effect after the injection is redness or soreness at the site.
For more information on administration of immunomudulatory agents or other asthma or allergy treatments, call Dr. Boyan Hadjiev, one of NYC’s top allergists. Call today to schedule your appointment.