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What's effectiveness of allergen immunotherapy?

What's effectiveness of allergen immunotherapy?

High if done correct: For stinging insect venom.Effectiveness approaches 99% . For environmental inhalant allergies when appropriately tested and results interpretted by an expert before choosing relevant allergens to include in desensitization effectiveness has been shown for most symptoms up to 85% ...Read more

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Allergen (Definition)

A substance that can cause an allergic reaction. Common allergens include ragweed pollen, ...Read more


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What's sensitization to allergen?

What's sensitization to allergen?

Immune response: In sensitization the immune system has recognized an allergen as foreign to the body & developed an elaborate mechanism to rid itself of the substance on re-exposure. Sensitization involves processing of allergen by dendritic cells that recruit t lymphocytes to instruct b lymphocytes to make a specific class of antibody, ige class, against the allergen. Ige binds to mast cells. You're sensitized. ...Read more

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Where do they inject the needle for allergen immunotherapy (pet allergies)?

Where do they inject the needle for allergen immunotherapy (pet allergies)?

Upper arm: The injection is typically in the back of the upper arm. There are rare circumstances where it varies. However the arm is by far the most common location. ...Read more

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Can environmental allergies (food, pollen, dust mites, contrast dye, penicillin) cause a high positive ANA?

Can environmental allergies (food, pollen, dust mites, contrast dye, penicillin) cause a high positive ANA?

I have seen this: While the +ANA is suggestive of SLE there can be other causes - other connective tissue disease, autoimmune thyroid disease, auto immune hepatitis to name some. I have seen a lot of people with + ANAs who only have as another problem a history of allergic reactions and I am convinced that thee allergic reactions can cause a + ANA. Everyone can have very low titters (amount) of ANA. ...Read more

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Is bee pollen gluten free?

Is bee pollen gluten free?

Most Likely: As with any product you have to read labels carefully. What starts as unadulterated bee pollen may be cut with other things. Carefully read ingredients and use a reputable manufacturer. ...Read more

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Can allergen sprays really work in controlling dust mite allergy symptoms?

Can allergen sprays really work in controlling dust mite allergy symptoms?

Unfortunately, no: To truly decrease dust mite symptoms, several measures are needed including encasements over bedding, hot water washing, reducing humidity and no carpet or frequent vacuuming. Some sprays kill mites, others denature mite proteins, but by themselves they are not sufficient to decrease symptoms. ...Read more

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Is poison oak allergy genetic?

Is poison oak allergy genetic?

Poison oak: Some people appear to be immune, others become immune. However, you can gain or lose immunity, so to assume you can't get it if you never have before is foolish. People change as they age. I would never assume that i was immune at any time no matter what my past experience was. ...Read more

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Does desensitization vaccination works for allergic asthma?I got positive skin prick tests for 4-5 allergens....

Yes: It is effective about 80% of the time. However I'd doubt that getting allergy shots for 4-5 allergens would work for you since most people are allergic to dozens of airborne allergens except in the case of occupational exposure. ...Read more

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Does risk for anaphylaxis vary with type of allergen from immunotherapy? Example: pollen, stings, mites, cat, food, etc..

Does risk for anaphylaxis vary with type of allergen from immunotherapy? Example: pollen, stings, mites, cat, food, etc..

Complex: Risk of anaphylaxis from immunotherapy depends on many factors: identifying the allergens causing the symptoms, severity of symptoms, whether well controlled prior to start of therapy, choosing the right allergens and right concentrations, assessment at each visit prior to administration of therapy, and observation for at least 30 minutes. Very rare in the hands of a competent allergist, good luck ...Read more

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How to control dust mite allergy?

How to control dust mite allergy?

Allergy measures: No carpeting. Special allergy pillow and mattress covers, sweep floors on a regular basis, dust using something on the rag( a cleaning solution) to pick up the dust and mites and not spread them into the air. Also have the heating and cooling cleaned and change or cleaned . And clean or replace the furnace filters on a regular basis. ...Read more

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Cost of food allergy testing?

Cost of food allergy testing?

Can't really answer: The cost of food allergy testing will vary depending upon what is tested for, how it is tested ( skin test vs blood work) and how many tests are done. ...Read more

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Skin prick allergy test with green duo tip. D.pteronyssinus=Wheal:7,Flare:15(mm);D.Farinae=Wh:6,Flare:15.How mild/moderate/severe my dust allergy is?

Skin prick allergy test with green duo tip. D.pteronyssinus=Wheal:7,Flare:15(mm);D.Farinae=Wh:6,Flare:15.How mild/moderate/severe my dust allergy is?

Dust mite: Positive prick skin tests means there is a sensitivity to the allergen (i.e. Dust mite). The larger the size, the more likely the allergen will cause sxs. However, size does not correlate with symptom severity. ...Read more

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Is food allergy testing accurate?

Is food allergy testing accurate?

Sort of: Food Allergy is diagnosed by taking a thorough history and then confirming the history through skin and/or blood test. Random skin and /or blood test for food allergy in the absence of appropriate clinical history is not very accurate. ...Read more

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A good site about dust mite allergies?

A good site about dust mite allergies?

Missionallergy.com: This is an allergy-products company founded by an allergist, so the information on the site is solid and reputable. They also make the best of the various types of dust mite encasings on the market. ...Read more

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What is the best allergy medication for seasonal allergies like pollen, dust, ragweed, hay fever, dogs, cats, hamsters etc?

There are a few: Not one medicine is better than another....Everyone's system is different...Some people get better with allegra..Others with zyrtec..Others with Claritin or even benadryl (diphenhydramine). These are now over-the-counter...Try some and read the labels. If you don't feel better, see a board certified allergist (www.Acaai.Org). Good luck. ...Read more

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High mold exposure when cleaning. Allergic to mold. 1 wk increasing sinus/chest congestion, itching nose/eyes/throat. Antihistamine? Fluticasone?

High mold exposure when cleaning.  Allergic to mold. 1 wk increasing sinus/chest congestion, itching nose/eyes/throat.  Antihistamine?  Fluticasone?

Yes: Both can give you some symptomatic relief. Avoiding the exposure is primary and if it is in a home it is best to move if you are highly sensitive. Check out www.mhpvitamins.com, Inc. as they have a homeopathic for this. ...Read more

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Can skin prick testing for food allergies be 100% reliable?

Can skin prick testing for food allergies be 100% reliable?

Nothing is perfect: No test is 100% reliable - neither skin testing nor blood testing. That's why allergists try to order relevant tests selected based on a comprehensive medical history and physical examination. The results must be interpreted & used as clues to a solution. They're not an answer in themselves. I'm frequently called by doctors who order allergy tests & then want me interpret them over the phone. ...Read more

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