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Itching >48 hours after allergy shots? Shots 2x/week (3 shot-series), and minor itching (~2 out of 10) with reduced dose. 1 month on first vial.

Itching >48 hours after allergy shots? Shots 2x/week (3 shot-series), and minor itching (~2 out of 10) with reduced dose. 1 month on first vial.

Not uncommon: I usually advise my patients to double up on the antihistamine with the next shot. Meanwhile, try taking antihistamine and Ibuprofen for the discomfort. There is a downside in adjusting the dose down since studies have shown that you are actually more likely to have local reactions the next time around. However if there is too much discomfort, adjusting the dose down would be reasonable. ...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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I will be taking allergy shots home they said put in fridge then take out 20 min then inject. Will the vials still be good if lose power 12 hours?

I will be taking allergy shots home they said put in fridge then take out 20 min then inject. Will the vials still be good if lose power 12 hours?

Hard to say: The potency of some allergen extracts may decline when stored in unrefrigerated environment. However it may still be good if stored in a cool and dry environment after 12 hrs although one can never be sure. The higher the concentration the glycerine content in the extract, the more likely it will hold the potency longer. ...Read more

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My 6 yr old son has IgE level of 3090 but has only shown a mild case of hives 4 times in the last 4 yrs. Is allergy shots only solution?

Depends on trigger: If the episodes of hives were caused by an allergen found on allergy testing (cat, for example), then allergy shots will reduce his sensitivity to that allergen. If the cause is not known, then most allergists recommend a daily antihistamine like Cetirizine to prevent future episodes. ...Read more

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Chronic allergies & sinusitis. No meds help. Last sinus cat scan clear. Had allergy tests, the allergist recommends allergy shots. This would be my 3rd time, first two ineffective. Should i?

Chronic allergies & sinusitis. No meds help. Last sinus cat scan clear. Had allergy tests, the allergist recommends allergy shots. This would be my 3rd time, first two ineffective. Should i?

Another option: If you haven't tried an inhaled nasal steroid (eg, nasonex), it might prove effective in controlling your symptoms. In addition, there are multiple medications which counter allergic symptoms. Make sure your doctor has tried each one for your symptoms. Allergy shots (desensitization therapy) might help. ...Read more

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I went to the EL Last night for a severe reaction to allergy shots. They gave me a shot of prednisone 125mg. Today I took one 10mg prednisone now I am having chills, feel feverish and scratchy throat and headache and fast heart rate. I do not want to take

I went to the EL Last night for a severe reaction to allergy shots. They gave me a shot of prednisone 125mg. Today I took one 10mg prednisone now I am having chills, feel feverish and scratchy throat and headache and fast heart rate. I do not want to take

Pls call or see your: Doctor, you need another evaluation, a biphasic reaction is possible, meaning that you can have the same symptoms again, but with a lesser degree, within 24 hours of the first reaction, or it might be something else, hence a doctor's evaluation is important, good luck ...Read more

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Sore throat, malaise, fatigue/last 5 days/every 3 weeks/no tonsils/neg strep/ENT says inflammation/take Prilosec/allergy shots/nasal sprays/no help?

Sore throat, malaise, fatigue/last 5 days/every 3 weeks/no tonsils/neg strep/ENT says inflammation/take Prilosec/allergy shots/nasal sprays/no help?

?: chronic sinusitis with frequent flares of acute sinusitis, possible, more information is needed to reach a more accurate diagnosis, ask your allergist /immunologist for a evaluation, also what are the ingredients of the allergy shots you're on, and what phase/schedule, your allergist/immunologist would be able to address your problems better, check aaaai. Org or acaai. Org for an allergist in your area ...Read more

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Do I need allergy shots?

Do I need allergy shots?

Do you have: Specific diagnosed allergies? If so - what did the allergist recommend? ...Read more

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How effective are allergy shots?

How effective are allergy shots?

Very: Allergy vaccine therapy is 80% effective -- so like most medications it works in the vast majority of patients. ...Read more

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How is it that allergy shots work?

How is it that allergy shots work?

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

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Does everyone respond to allergy shots?

Does everyone respond to allergy shots?

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

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Are allergy shots usually well tolerated?

Are allergy shots usually well tolerated?

Yes: Should be under care of, and prescribed after evaluation by a Board Certified Allergist /Immunologist, best wishes ...Read more

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Do allergy shots help with OAS?

Do allergy shots help with OAS?

No: There is no such thing, the only treatment available is avoidance of triggering food (s). However some triggering foods would have cross reactivity with pollens that would cause allergic rhinitis (hay fever) trial of allergy shots then would be to treat hay fever not the OAS symptoms, whether OAS can be helped as a side benefit is doubtful, best wishes ...Read more

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Is thimerosal used in allergy shots?

Is thimerosal used in allergy shots?

Possibly: You would need to actually look at the package insert for the ingredients. Many multi-dose vials of injectables will contain thimerosal as a preservative to prevent contamination. Talk to your allergist who will know what they are using and be able to look at the ingredients. ...Read more

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Is allergy shots considered immunosuppressive?

Is allergy shots considered immunosuppressive?

Immune regulation: Allergy shots have been around for just over 100 years and have proven to be effective for most people who are allergic. They work through improved regulation of your immune system to reduce to allergic aspect. The most important thing is that many people continue to do well without the shots after having received them for 4-5 years. ...Read more

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What are the long term effects from allergy shots?

What are the long term effects from allergy shots?

Yes: About 2/3 of people who do immunotherapy of an appropriate, effective dose will have long term relief from their allergy symptoms even after they have finished 3-5 years of the shots.

In some cases this relief is permanent, in others symptoms will eventually return, but may be years later. ...Read more

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How effective are allergy shots for bees allergies?

How effective are allergy shots for bees allergies?

Very effective: After a true bee/wasp/hornet allergy is determined, there is approximately a 40-60% chance of another systemic reaction occurring if stung again without ever receiving allergy shots.

However, if a patient receives allergy shots to the specific allergic venom, the risk of another systemic reaction reduces to less than 3%.

Consultation with a board-certified allergist is recommended. ...Read more

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What is the difference between xolair and allergy shots?

What is the difference between xolair and allergy shots?

Major differences: Xolair is a shot that with antibodies that bind ige (ige is the antibody that causes asthma and allergy) to help control severe persistent asthma symptoms. Allergy shots are a mixture of allergenic proteins (dust mites, pets, pollens, molds, etc) that increase tolerance to allergens with increasing doses. ...Read more

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I have seasonal allergies, what can allergy shots do for me?

I have seasonal allergies, what can allergy shots do for me?

May help: Allergy testing can show what you are most sensitive to and "desensitizing you to these allergens can be helpful. ...Read more

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Do allergy shots (immunology) give relief for allergy symptoms?

Do allergy shots (immunology) give relief for allergy symptoms?

Yes: Allergy shots help to relieve nasal allergy symptoms and their effects on sinus disease and asthma as well. ...Read more

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Is it normal to feel sick after changing frequency of allergy shots?

Allergy shots help: There are several factors that decreasing the frequency of allergy shots could increase symptoms. I assume you are seeing a board-certified allergists. After the initial build up the shots are reduced to once a week for several months, then every other week, then once a month. The change can drop the protection level and increase symptoms. It could also be a coincidence. Talk to your allergist. ...Read more

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Has anyone noticed behavior changes in a child after starting allergy shots?

Has anyone noticed behavior changes in a child after starting allergy shots?

Depends: Allergy vaccine therapy in and of themselves should not cause a change in behavior. If however, the patient is felling better able to breath and having improved sleep then there could be change in behavior because the vaccine is improving symptoms. As for "bad" behavior after immunotherapy anything is possible but probably unlikely, . ...Read more

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What do you do for severe seasonal allergy symptoms? Are allergy shots mandatory?

What do you do for severe seasonal allergy symptoms? Are allergy shots mandatory?

Not mandatory...: ...But often helpful. Moving away from areas where there are plants to whose pollen you are sensitive may be a better option is available. ...Read more

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Are there allergy shots available for people with mice/rodent allergies? Thank you!

Are there allergy shots available for people with mice/rodent allergies? Thank you!

Yes, but: You need to be evaluated by an allergist to know the type of exposure, and testing be made to assess your sensitivities, is it to the mouse epithelia, saliva or urine. The shots are available for the epithelium (dander) only, whether you are a candidate or not for immunotherapy (allergy shots) will be decided after full evaluation. If you have occupational exposure, wear protective gear, masks/gloves ...Read more

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What risks are associated with getting allergy shots for people with severe allergies?

What risks are associated with getting allergy shots for people with severe allergies?

Several: The risk of allergy vaccine therapy is an allergic reaction to the vaccine. These reactions can include itchiness, hives, lip or tongue swelling, asthma attacks and very rarely death. ...Read more

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I have seasonal allergies, so can I start allergy shots this month if going to se asia?

Better to wait: If you are looking at a traditional allergy shot schedule, it is better to wait. If you are going to se asia for more than 1-2 weeks also better to wait since you can't build up your schedule and have to rebuild when you miss doses for too long. ...Read more

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I on 8th week of allergy shots. They said I already on maintenance dose and dosage goes up next year? That normal?

Sounds quick...: Usually with allergy shots, there is a build up phase that takes anywhere from 3-6 months depending on how many times per week you go. I guess it is feasible if you went 3 times a week for 8 weeks you could be at maintenance. Otherwise, sounds too quick. ...Read more

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Are allergy shots really effective in improving symptoms and is the chance of having a bad side effect high? Thanks

Are allergy shots really effective in improving symptoms and is the chance of having a bad side effect high? Thanks

No: Allergy shots modify the immune response (potentially even permanently for some)so that the body will stop recognizing allergens as enemies. (the new concept is that the body attacks allergens because the immune response has mistaken them as parasites). Symptoms improve when the allergic response is modulated. Do note that 20% of the people don't respond to allergy shots. ...Read more