Testing And Treatment Options

Allergy testing

Your allergy specialist may determine what is causing your allergic reaction by listening to your allergy experiences and performing skin and/or blood tests.

Treatment options

Once your allergy specialist knows what allergens cause your symptoms, he or she will be able to help you plan the best approach for treating them. Try to avoid the allergens that are giving you trouble. But because this isn’t always easy to do, you may consider options. Generally, these fall into two categories:

ragweed allergy testing and treatment options

1. Symptom-relieving medications

During an allergic reaction, your immune system releases chemicals such as histamine that are responsible for the symptoms you experience.

Many over-the-counter and prescription medicines are designed to help to block those chemicals, helping to relieve your symptoms.

2. Immunotherapy

Immunotherapy is typically given as "allergy shots" and is designed to treat the underlying cause of your symptoms by giving you small amounts of the allergen over time. Immunotherapy may work with your immune system to help change how your body reacts to allergens. It may help gradually build tolerance to specific allergens.

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Important Safety Information about RAGWITEK 

  • RAGWITEK can cause severe allergic reactions that may be life-threatening. Stop taking RAGWITEK and get medical treatment right away if you have any of the following symptoms after taking RAGWITEK:
    • Trouble breathing
    • Throat tightness or swelling
    • Trouble swallowing or speaking
    • Dizziness or fainting
    • Rapid or weak heartbeat
    • Severe stomach cramps or pain, vomiting, or diarrhea
    • Severe flushing or itching of the skin
  • Do not take RAGWITEK if you have severe, unstable or uncontrolled asthma; had a severe allergic reaction in the past that included trouble breathing, dizziness or fainting, or rapid or weak heartbeat; had difficulty with breathing due to swelling of the throat or upper airway after using any sublingual immunotherapy before; have ever been diagnosed with eosinophilic esophagitis; or are allergic to any of the inactive ingredients contained in RAGWITEK.
  • For home administration of RAGWITEK, your doctor will prescribe auto-injectable epinephrine, a medicine you can inject if you have a severe allergic reaction after taking RAGWITEK. Talk to your doctor or read the epinephrine patient information if you have any questions about the use of auto-injectable epinephrine.
  • The first dose of RAGWITEK must be taken in the doctor’s office. After taking the first tablet, you will be watched for at least 30 minutes for symptoms of a serious allergic reaction.

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