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Can I take allergy desensitizing shots if I have allergies to dogs?

Can I take allergy desensitizing shots if I have allergies to dogs?

Yes: Desensitization shots can work for allergies to pet dander. The doctor should do testing, to make sure that the allergy is actually to the pet and not something else associated in the same area. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more


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Can you get allergy desensitization shots for food allergies?

Can you get allergy desensitization shots for food allergies?

No.: Dr. Carter is correct. Food desensitization protocols remain experimental at this time. When and if they become the standard of care, however, they are oral programs involving swallowing or holding in the mouth initially very small and progressively larger amounts of food. Injecting food under the skin is very dangerous and has been abandoned as a method for treating food allergies. ...Read more

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What do allergists do if you don't like shots? Are the oral allergy desensitization instead of shots working?

What do allergists do if you don't like shots?  Are the oral allergy desensitization instead of shots working?

Yes.: Oral forms of immunotherapy definitely work, although slightly less effectively than shots. Your insurance may not cover the oral form since it is not yet approved by the fda. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get allergy desensitization / immunotherapy shots for food allergies?

Is it possible to get allergy desensitization / immunotherapy shots for food allergies?

No: There are no injection protocols for desensitization to foods. Oral desensitization is being carried out at several research centers, but is not ready for general clinical use at this time. ...Read more

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My son is 10 and has a gelatin, beef, pork allergy? Is there data on likelihood of outgrowing allergy? What are desensitization protocols? Thx

My son is 10 and has a gelatin, beef, pork allergy?  Is there data on likelihood of outgrowing allergy?  What are desensitization protocols? Thx

Workup/Mgt: I would suggest avoidance to these foods and then having a CAP test repeated which will provide the level of response called a specific IgE level. This level may be followed over time. Some food allergies wane over time, but I would advise a visit with your pediatrician to discuss further options. ...Read more

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If allergies, how long can desensitization go?

If allergies, how long can desensitization go?

4-5 years: Typically allergy vaccine therapy is 4-5 years in duration. There are some individuals who will continue longer. These individuals will have tried to stop ait but still have symptoms or symptoms worsen of therapy and do better on ait. ...Read more

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My friend's husband was desensitized for a serious cat allergy through drops vs. Shots. Can you provide info on this?

My friend's husband was desensitized for a serious cat allergy through drops vs. Shots. Can you provide info on this?

Similar: Sub-lingual (beneath the tongue) and sub-cutaneous (beneath the skin) immuno-therapy -- slit vs scit, respectively -- are similar in their role in "desensitization" to allergens. Slit, drops under the tongue, have been used in europe for over a decade, and have become the standard of care for allergy remedy there. Here, slit is not yet fda-approved, although some docs do provide the service. ...Read more

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How does desensitization therapy work for people with allergies?

How does desensitization therapy work for people with allergies?

Complex answer: Allergy vaccine therapy (ait) is a very complex immunologic treatment. Basically what ait does is stops one's body from seeing an allergen as an allergen. The result is less allergy antibody production and less symptoms. The immunology of this is very complex and fills textbooks. ...Read more

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Will desensitizing me to penicillin reduce my penicillin allergy?

Will desensitizing me to penicillin reduce my penicillin allergy?

Yes: The way desensitization works is that you are given very small doses of penicillin initially. The amount is gradually increased to get your body not to react to it. There are very few infections that require treatment with pcn so desensitization is rarely done. ...Read more

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