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Allergy Shot Ingredients
Allergen Extracts: Allergy shots contain extracts of common inhalant substances (dust mite, cat, dog, mold, pollen, etc) that are called allergens. The extract should be prepared under the direct supervision of a board-ceritifed allergist who has specialized training in allergy & immunology. Allergy shots do not contain serum. ...Read more
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
Allergy Shots: That is a decision for you and your allergy doctor to decide. The average time frame is 3-5 years of maintenance therapy. Some people need allergy shots longer. Sometimes a trial off the allergy shots is another alternative to see if you are desensitized. The best way to find out is to sit down with your allergist and come up with an agreeable plan for both of you. ...Read more
Water-like material: Allergies to common inhaled substances such as pollen, dander, dust mite and mold can be identified by skin testing you to a variety of water like extracts. The extracts to which you react and thought to be important in causing your symptoms are injected in the fatty tissue on the back of your upper arm weekly at first until the doses built up and then monthly usually for 3-5 years. ...Read more
30 minutes: After an allergy shot, you need to wait in the office at least 30 minutes to be certain there are no reactions, so unless there is a treadmill in the office, you can't really exercise then. After that though, if you feel fine, there is no reason to wait to exercise. ...Read more
Two hours: Every allergist has their own rule of thumb; that's just mine. Exercise increases the flow of blood to the skin; this makes it more likely to absorb the allergens too quickly, increasing the risk of a severe reaction. ...Read more
No: There is no allergy shot that lasts for 6 months. ...Read more
Yes.: Immunotherapy - a series of injections of cat and/or dog dander under the skin over several years - will help you develop some tolerance to pet exposure. Some allergic patients respond better than others and a few patients not at all. Allergy shots alone are often not the complete answer. You may still need to get the pets off the bed, out of the bedroom, & perhaps out of the house. ...Read more
See details: Drops of what? The best treatment depends on the source of the allergy. Speak with an allergist for proper guidance. ...Read more
What would be a significant or serious reaction to first time allergy shot? And how common is it?
Why do allergy shot injections last for only about 10 years? Is there anything else that lasts longer?
We do not know: Some patients get lifelong relief from allergy shots, while others never seem to be able to stop them. Most patients get a least 10 years of relief from 3-5 years of shots. ...Read more
Next week Monday my 3yr is getting his first allergy shot but I had to wait 2 weeks what's in the shots may I ask?
Impossible to say: It depends on the allergy being treated. I never understand why someone would not just simply ask the doctor giving the injection instead of someone on the internet who has no knowledge of the child's medical history. ...Read more
Do allergy oral drops work? Do they work as well as allergy injections? Should I stop the drops and look into shots?
In principle, yes: Allergy drops have been used as off-label allergy treatment for many years and shown to be effective in certain environmental allergies. Its limitation is that it is dose-related meaning doctors could not fit so many allergens into the drop. It also does not work in case of patients with multiple environmental sensitivities shown on allergy testing. In that case, allergy shots would work better. ...Read more
Allergies, I get shots and I'm on two medications and never get allergies. What could be wrong with me? Is that normal?
Yes: Allergen immunotherapy (allergy shots) is effective for most people and is the only "disease modifying" treatment available. In general about 30% of patients have great response, 30% have good response, 30% have a fair response and unfortunately 10% don't respond. There is no way to predict how good the response will be. It's excellent and safe therapy in the right hands (an allergist). ...Read more
Allergy shots: Allergy injections or immunotherapy is utilized for respiratory allergic conditions that are chronic or significantly problematic that do not respond to or require chronic medication, treatment causes side effects, or is multi system in nature. Increasing amounts and concentrations of the particular antigens are administered into the skin inducing a different or blocking immune response. ...Read more
Two main ways: In general terms, immunotherapy induces "blocking" antibodies that remove inhaled allergens from the body before they have a chance to bind to allergic antibodies, and it induces "suppressor" mechanisms of the immune system to stop making allergic antibodies, and to suppress allergic reactions that still occur anyway. That is why it is far more effective than meds, which mask allergy symptoms. ...Read more
No: Allergy shots (immunotherapy) provide marked symptomatic benefit by inducing immunologic tolerance to the airborne allergens to which you have developed sensitivity. They do carry minimal inherent risk of local and systemic allergic reaction (because they contain what you are allergic to) but weight gain is not a reported reaction or side effect. ...Read more
Most do: There have been many studies on 'allergy shots'; however the vast diversity of allergy triggers might not be covered. Generally, about 80% of patients get significant reduction of symptoms. Molds are most difficult and pollens most effective in some of those studies. Important issues are accurate diagnosis of the specific allergies and careful assessment of environment, season and the patient. ...Read more
Not really: One wouldn't be allergic to allergy shots but because allergy shots contain the allergens one is allergic to one can have significant systemic reactions to allergy vaccine therapy. ...Read more
Severe reaction rare: Risks of local and systemic allergic reactions: 1/2000 shots. Very low risk of death associated with immunotherapy: 1 in 2.5 million injections. Due to risk shots should be given in a physician's office. Each shot requires 30 minute wait in office to monitor for possible reaction and to treat appropriately should one occur. Systemic reactions may occur after the 30 minute wait period but are rare. ...Read more
Once a month: Allergy shots are given once a month if you are on maintenance treatment. To get there you have to start with shots once a week for about nine months or so and then once every two weeks, three weeks, and finally once a month. There are "rush" protocols to reach maintenance which are faster, but also more likely to cause side effects, like anaphylaxis (serious allergic reaction). ...Read more
Up to you: Some people recognize that shots are the best way to treat their allergies, and know that the currently available medications don't work well for them - they want to start right away, such as a day or two after testing. Others want to try different medications, and might not decide to start the shots until they've been trying medications for a year or two and are frustrated that they don't work. ...Read more