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A 38-year-old member asked:

when might immunotherapy be ineffective?

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Dr. Manav Singla
Allergy and Immunology 23 years experience
Possible reasons...: Inadequate dose of allergen in the allergy vaccine; missing allergens not identified during the allergy evaluation; high levels of allergen in environment (i.e. Inadequate environmental control); significant exposure to non-allergic triggers (i.e. Tobacco smoke).
Dr. Jack Mutnick
Allergy and Immunology 17 years experience
Immunotherapy: Never a guarantee any immunotherapy will be effective, but oftentimes it is due to making a weak serum, placing proteolytic allergens together, or patients non-compliance and never reaching top dose.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

What happens in immunotherapy?

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Dr. Paul Carter
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Tolerance: Immunotherapy is a treatment that involves exposure of the immune system to gradually increasing doses of an allergen to which the person is allergic. During this gradual increase in dose the immune system becomes tolerant or resistant to the exposure reducing the symptoms that a person has on exposure to those allergens in nature.
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A 24-year-old member asked:

Does immunotherapy involve antitoxins?

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Dr. Javier Chinen
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 30 years experience
Definition: Immunotherapy indicates the use of immunological mechanisms for treatment. Allergy immunotherapy (allergy shots) do not include antitoxins. Antitoxins are antibodies against toxins and are used whaen toxins are suspected, for example posionous snake bites. This treatment can be called immunotherapy.
A 41-year-old member asked:

How does bee venom immunotherapy work?

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Dr. Javier Chinen
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 30 years experience
Immune tolerance: The purpose of venom immunotherapy is to elicit immunological mechanisms to suppress the allergic reaction. The treatment involves administering progressively increasing amounts of bee venom without triggering a systemic allergic reaction. The role of the allergist is to control the speed of these increasing doses, and avoid inducing the reaction that is treated.
A 52-year-old member asked:

How does radio immunotherapy feel?

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Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 30 years experience
Varied side effects: Radioimmunotherapy such as zevalin or Bexxar (tositumomab) can have multiple side effects: infusion reactions such as fevers, rigors, blood pressure changes, shortness of breath can occur. Serious side effects include low blood counts (fatigue, infections), new blood cancers, skin reactions, impaired fertility.
A 41-year-old member asked:

What can immunotherapy treat?

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Dr. Amir Faridi
Specializes in Hematology and Oncology
Immunotherapy: Can be use for autoimmune conditions and hypogammaglonulinemia.
Dr. James Gulley
Hematology and Oncology 26 years experience
Immunotherapy can also treat cancer. Recently several drugs, designed to stimulate the body's immune system to recognize and fight cancer, were approved by the FDA.
Oct 17, 2012
Dr. Corey Clay
Dr. Corey Clay commented
Allergy and Immunology 10 years experience
Disagree on this one, immunotherapy is not used to treat autoimmunity nor hypogammaglobulinemia. IVIg is used for these purposes
May 1, 2015

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