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What is desensitization?

What is desensitization?

A behavioral method: Desenitization actually is used in a variety of settings. In mental health, it refers to the graded exposure to a feared activity or object, e.g., snakes or spiders. Usually, relaxation techniques are part of the process. Then, starting perhaps with just visualizing the feared object, the person gradually increases exposure until it becomes "routine." well studied and can be highly effective. ...Read more

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What is systematic desensitization?

What is systematic desensitization?

Decrease sensitivity: Desensitization is a method to decrease a negative reaction in the body, often used to decrease allergies. Allergy shots expose patients to the proteins that cause their symptoms in a gradual way until the body becomes accustomed to that exposure. Systemic desensitization is body-wide (like shots); occasionally local desensitization works well (like intranasal desensitization with allergies). ...Read more

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Would looking at videos of real violence desensitize someone?

Would looking at videos of real violence desensitize someone?

It can: People should not do anything to the exclusion of other activities. If you watch violent videos, you should be over 18 and limit the amount of time you participate in this activity. Those with trauma histories may be harmed more by violent videos than those without trauma histories. If violent videos upset you or give you nightmares, or other symptoms, see a psychiatrist or psychologist. ...Read more

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What can you tell me about the success rates of desensitization?

What can you tell me about the success rates of desensitization?

Please clarify.: From what I know of desensitization, it is a form of therapy for allergies that is supposed to make people less sensitive to things they are allergic to, like chocolate. They are exposed to a small amount, which gives a reaction, which, over time, gets less. It has been done for a long time with decent results, but is not employed as much as it once was. ...Read more

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Help I masterbated a lot, now can't get erect, have I desensitized myself. Will it ever return?

Help I masterbated a lot, now can't get erect, have I desensitized myself. Will it ever return?

See a Psychiatrist: You may need a full assessment to better understand the high frequency of this behavior and what drives you to engage in it so frequently;
A comprehensive assessment by a psychiatrist may help; ...Read more

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What is the side effects of desensitization?

What is the side effects of desensitization?

Depends: Which tissues are you desensitizing? Teeth can be desensitized when sensitive, usually the result of trauma. No side effects when desensitizing teeth. ...Read more

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How can a person be desensitized to an allergen?

How can a person be desensitized to an allergen?

Immunotherapy: The simple answer is allergy immunotherapy. This is typically done for airborne allergens or bees and is the process by which giving the patient back increasing doses of the allergen (s) they will have less and less symptoms. Allergy vaccine therapy is not a cure but can induce long term modifications in the immune system so that the targeted allergens clinically cause less problems. ...Read more

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Does desensitization of pleasure occur as you age?

Does desensitization of pleasure occur as you age?

Yes, but reversible: Increase nerve sensitivity and blood flow by adding in some testosterone. Women at 40 have half the level they had at 20, and testosterone plays a major role here. ...Read more

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What can you do to reverse dopamine desensitization?

What can you do to reverse dopamine desensitization?

Need more info: Would this be in the context of opiate or other drug withdrawal? If so I think it's a matter of time and regular exercise along with a healthy diet. But without knowing the reason for the desensitization it's hard to know how to advise you. ...Read more

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How high is the success rate for allergic desensitization?

How high is the success rate for allergic desensitization?

90%: I tell my patients 30% have dramatic improvement, 30% good results & 30% fair results. 10% don't improve. Better results occur when the patient is younger and doesn't have asthma and when fewer allergies are present. Success depends also on the commitment of the patient and the family and the expertise of the allergy office and staff. ...Read more

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Can you desensitize your clitorous from excessive vibrator use?? If so how do you make it more sensitive again??

Can you desensitize your clitorous from excessive vibrator use?? If so how do you make it more sensitive again??

Possibly can: Try giving it a break for a couple of weeks, and sensation will likely reurn to normal. Good luck. ...Read more

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What happens if someone is allergic to a medicine they need to be taking... Can. They be desensitized to it so they can take it?

What happens if someone is allergic to a medicine they need to be taking... Can. They be desensitized to it so they can take it?

Yes can be done: Allergic reaction (to any thing) is complex process, several factors & different mechanisms are involved. Allergy - like penicillin which will give anaphylatic shock (and death) is caused by type-i mast cell / ige reaction, is being done for certain drugs, by specialized centers (or offices), and is not a routine procedure. ...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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Are systematic desensitization and behavior modification related?

Are systematic desensitization and behavior modification related?

Yes: Desensitization is a technique used for behavior modification. It is highly effective with fears ; phobias. ...Read more

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Is it possible that overuse of vibrator causes desensitization of clitoris?

Is it possible that overuse of vibrator causes desensitization of clitoris?

Possible: Try giving it a break for a couple of weeks, and sensation will likely reurn to normal. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is the quickest and most efficient way to desensitize you from a phobia?

What is the quickest and most efficient way to desensitize you from a phobia?

Fix phobias fast?: Depends on the type of phobia, strength of the phobia, duration and frequency. Some phobias respond to a technique called flooding that can have quick results. Most phobias require at least some level of classical conditioning which means time to desensitize the phobia. ...Read more

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What to do if my eyes desensitized from contacts?

What to do if my eyes desensitized from contacts?

Maybe not needed: If your eyes are desensitized from contact wear, that may help in the comfort of the lenses. Are you having difficulty with the lenses due to the lack of sensation such as more infections? If you want to restore the sensitivity, then stop wearing the lenses for a few days and the normal sensation should be restored. ...Read more

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Is there a way to desensitize my penis naturally?

Is there a way to desensitize my penis naturally?

Changing my penis: Hi

i am very curious to know more about where this question stems from. I wonder if you are perhaps transgendered and do not want the penis to be sensitive?

But, please do not harm your body before you seek out the appropriate health care provider to give you a full consultation about what you need, want and may need to know.

If you do hope for gender reassignment surgery please do no harm. ...Read more

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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

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Why doesn't cbt or systemic desensitization work well for flying phobia?

Why doesn't cbt or systemic desensitization work well for flying phobia?

Often it does: Actually those are the most successful strategies that exist! Perhaps you did not find a therapist who works well with you. That is a very big part of the effort. A coach at a gym can also make or break a training effort depending on how you work together. Don't give up. Look for a good fit! ...Read more

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I think I trained myself to orgasm way to quickly and I'm really at a loss here. Will desensitizing condoms help?

I think I trained myself to orgasm way to quickly and I'm really at a loss here. Will desensitizing condoms help?

Premature orgasm: Probably means that there is increased sensitivity of the nervous mechanism. You may be surprised to know that your diet has a part to play. Get rid of the sugar if that is important to you. ...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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Does the improvement in conc. That nicotine causes disappear over time as the receptors become desensitized and smoker increases dependency?

Does the improvement in conc. That nicotine causes disappear over time as the receptors become desensitized and smoker increases dependency?

No: Tolerance does not develop to all effects of dependency-producing substances at the same rate, and nicotine seems to be able, even in relatively small doses, improve concentration and focus; withdrawal from nicotine however produces a marked disruption of concentration and focus that can be disabling, particularly to people with jobs that require it. ...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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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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20 years old. Can't get erect. Is my penis desensitized forever?

20 years old. Can't get erect. Is my penis desensitized forever?

No: There are many cause for this most are treatable or self limited. Be patient and visit a Urologist if no improvement ...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, but...: Desensitization is not permanent. You have to be desensitized each time you need to take penicillin, if there are no effective alternative antibiotics that could be used. Your state of desensitization will continue for as long as you take penicillin every day, but you'll have to be desensitized again if you don't take penicillin for more than 48 hours in a row. ...Read more

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Can you get allergy desensitization/immunotherapy shots for allergies to foods?

Can you get allergy desensitization/immunotherapy shots for allergies to foods?

Yes: This is usually done with small incremental challenges of the food rather than shots. ...Read more

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What sublingual and oral desensitization are available for those with starch allergy's?

What sublingual and oral desensitization are available for those with starch allergy's?

None: There is no FDA approved treatment for food allergy although researches are being done on oral desensitization. Avoidance is the key. Incidentally allergy to starch must be very rare. Do note that some flour and starch may be contaminated with mites which may be the cause for the allergic reaction. ...Read more

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The head of my uncut penis is very sensitive to touch, is there anything I can do to desensitize it?

Gradual Exposure: The glans or head is designed to be sensitive. Foreskins help protect this sensitivity. After circumcision, the glans becomes desensitized. In some cases, uncircumcised men have extreme pain with exposure of the glans (usually during sex). In these cases, on a regular/daily basis, they are shown how to retract their foreskin and slowly desensitize their glans thru increased stimulation. ...Read more

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Why can't your body become desensitized to autoimmune disorders like it can to other allergy triggers?

Why can't your body become desensitized to autoimmune disorders like it can to other allergy triggers?

Good question: Different immunological mechanisms, desensitization can be performed to type 1 immunological reactions involving IgE antibodies, auto immune disorders aren't the same, wish you wellness ...Read more

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Is testicular desensitization from HCG doses happen for real and is it clinically proven or just a hypothesis?

Research: This question is still under scientific investigation; there is no definitive answer, yet. In the meantime, it may be prudent to stay away from HCG. ...Read more

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Can a person be truly allergic to benadryl (diphenhydramine)? (not to the die but the drug itself) if so can desensitization work?

Diphenhydramine: Allergy to the active component can occur, very rare though, desensitazation can be performed but why? Desensitazation is resorted to for any any drug if it is the only drug available to treat certain condition and no available alternatives, which isn't the case with diphenhydramine, get a second opinion, take care ...Read more

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I have notice I don't get orgasms w/o clitoral stimulation why? And can the clitoris be desensitized what can I do I actually love sex

You are normal: This is normal. Most females, if not all females, orgasm through clitoral stimulation. Many do not get enough clitoral stimulation through penetration or intercourse alone to orgasm, however. This is a secret that I wish all the females in the world would hear. If you desensitize the clitoris you will not reach orgasm. ...Read more