What is Biologic Therapy?

Biologic therapy, also known as biotherapy or immunotherapy, involves using natural or artificially created substances that improve or change how your body's immune system works. It targets specific parts of the immune system to help manage allergic reactions.

How Does Biologic Therapy Work?

Biologic therapies work by targeting specific immune responses in your body. They can block or activate specific cells or proteins that play a role in allergies. This targeted approach can help reduce inflammation, prevent allergic reactions, and manage symptoms more effectively than traditional allergy medications. 

Targeting immune responses:

In conditions like allergies, your immune system mistakenly identifies harmless substances (like pollen) as threats and responds by causing inflammation and other symptoms. Biologic therapies can specifically target parts of the immune response that lead to these symptoms.

Blocking or activating cells or proteins:

Biologic therapies can work differently. Some might block specific immune cells or proteins that cause inflammation and allergic reactions. For example, Omalizumab (Xolair) is a biologic therapy for severe asthma that blocks Immunoglobulin E (IgE), a protein that plays a crucial role in allergic reactions.

Reducing inflammation and preventing allergic reactions:

By targeting specific aspects of the immune response, biologic therapies can help reduce inflammation and prevent the immune system from reacting to harmless substances. This can help manage allergy symptoms more effectively than traditional medications, which often treat symptoms after they occur rather than prevent them.

Personalized treatment:

Because biologic therapies can target specific parts of the immune response, they can often be tailored to an individual's needs based on their specific type of allergy or inflammation.

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Benefits of Biologic Therapy

  • Precision treatment: Biologic therapies target specific parts of the immune system, providing a more precise treatment option for allergies.
  • Reduced side effects: By focusing on specific immune responses, biologic therapies can potentially reduce the side effects associated with traditional allergy medications.
  • Effective for severe allergies: Biologics can be particularly beneficial for patients with severe allergies who have not responded well to other treatments.
  • Improved quality of life: By managing and reducing allergy symptoms, biologic therapies can significantly improve quality of life.

Is Biologic Therapy Right for You?

Determining if biologic therapy is the right choice depends on several factors, including the severity of your allergies, your response to other treatments, and your overall health. Our expert team at Southern ENT Associates is here to guide you through this process. We'll work closely with you to assess your needs, discuss potential benefits and risks, and develop a personalized treatment plan.

Commonly Used Biologics in Allergy Treatment

Several biologic therapies are currently used in allergy treatment, including:

Omalizumab (Xolair®):

Used for treating moderate to severe persistent allergic asthma and chronic hives.

Dupilumab (Dupixent®):

Used for moderate-to-severe eczema and nasal polyps.

Mepolizumab (Nucala®) and Reslizumab (Cinqair®):

Used for severe eosinophilic asthma.

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Why Choose Us?

At Southern ENT Associates, we are more than just a healthcare provider. We are part of the Louisiana community. Our team of kind and professional doctors and staff are your neighbors, friends, and fellow community members who are here to provide you and your family with rapid, convenient care when you need it. Whether you're dealing with sinus issues or other ENT-related problems, our team is committed to finding minimally invasive, long-lasting solutions tailored to your unique needs.

Our ability to connect with our patients personally sets us apart. We believe in delivering compassionate, attentive care, focusing entirely on you and your concerns during each encounter. Your health and well-being are our top priority, and we want you to leave each visit feeling heard, understood, and cared for. 

As the largest group of ENT doctors in Louisiana, Southern ENT Associates boasts an exceptional network of experienced specialists ready to provide care to all ages. Our physicians, who have advanced training in allergy and are fellows of the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy, work together with a shared goal of excellence.

With 6 convenient locations in Southern Louisiana, we make accessing the treatment you need easy.

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