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Do Allergy Shots Contain Mercury Thiomersal
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
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
Phenol: Phenol is the typical preservative in allergy shots and is not believed to be dangerous to you in small doses but prevents bacterial and fungal growth. ...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
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
None known.: Although some research has linked excessive histamine release to preterm labor, allergen desensitization injections under the care of a knowledgeable allergy/immunology specialist and in coordination with a maternal-fetal medicine doctor should be safe during pregnancy. I would, however recommend waiting until postpartum for such poorly studied intervention during pregnancy. Better safe than sorry. ...Read more
Allergy shots: Antihistamines only cover up symptoms and don't cure anything. Allergy shots treat the cause and that is why with successful immunotherapy you can get rid of antihistames. One complication of nasal allergy treated symptomatically is development of asthma. On the other hand if you treat the cause you prevent complications ...Read more
Depends: The efficacy of allergy shots (immunotherapy) can be maximized by seeing a board certified allergist. Allergists receive extensive training in treating with allergy shots. In the right patient, they can be curative, and hopefully decrease or eliminate the need for allergy medications. Allergy drops have also been shown to be very effective, but are not yet fda approved. ...Read more
Yes: Allergy injections can be very effective and there effectiveness is not dependent on the ige level. Allergy shots are not a replacement for avoidance measures as possible and many people will still need some medication. ...Read more
Multidose flu: As above.Get a more detailed answer ›
Mechanism: It changes the regulating mechanism of the immune system to lower the specific types of ige antibodies and raising the igg4 antibodies. Allergy patient usually (90%) have too much ige antibodies which combine with the allergic protein and after bridging on a mast cell, a chemical reaction is produced resulting in your symptoms. ...Read more
Monitoring System: The lymphatic system absorbs and carries things too big to go into the arteries and veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. The lymph nodes "taste" the lymph to see if anything bad is there like bacteria, viruses, cancers, etc. When it detects a problem, it alerts the immune system and your body reacts. They enlarge in response to the inflammation they create when they react. ...Read more
Not related to aller: I would check with you allergist whether this is related to the allergy shots, I doubt it. I have never noted adult patient's develop swelling of lymph nodes from conventional allergy shots. While the shots are designed to stimulate the immune system and lymph nodes do contain the immune cells the reaction generally is not intense enough to cause the nodes to enlarge. ...Read more
No routine vaccine: None of the licensed pediatric vaccines contain thimerosal except for multidose influenza vaccine - the single dose forms of influenza are thimerosal free. ...Read more
Are allergy shots administered in the office or in a hospital? Is it safer to have them in the hospital?
In the office: So long there is a waiting area with staff trained to deal with severe allergic reactions, and under the supervision of a doctor, following the graded schedule recommended, and knowing when to give or not to give the shot, good luck ...Read more
My body itching when my body is hot so I always keep my body cool I have something like hives on my back will allergy shots help?
NO: See a DR. You can probably be helped, but start in the right place. No allergist can help you. ...Read more
I gave myself my allergy shots in each arm and forgot to use alcohol swab is that to not use them? It don't hurt really don't need them.
Not recommended.: Since allergy shots can cause serious and even life-threatening reactions (since they contain things you are allergic to), it is best to get the shots at a doctor's office. The alcohol is meant to disinfect (not to numb it) the skin surface and you will to wait till it has dried. Again, I would strongly advise giving allergy shots to yourself. Is your allergist board-certified? ...Read more
I just started allergy shots 2 weeks ago and shortly after that my face started breaking out pretty bad. Can the allergy shots be the reason?
I notice immediate temporary improvement of symptoms after each of my allergy shots. My doctor told me I am very "sensitive".What does that mean?
Good Discussion: If your doctor tells you something that you don't understand you should always ask questions to clarify. Very sensitive can mean different things to different people and in different circumstances. Some people can't even get allergy shots because they are so sensitive. ...Read more
They told me first 6 weeks I do allergy shots there then do at home bec I go on vacations anyway. Do they have to be poked In vein or just skin?
Be wary: A 38 yo male starting allergy shots, prescribed first in the office, then at home. Allergy shots are subcutaneous (meaning no vein). But I would be wary of allergy shots at home. Most board certified allergists only give shots in the office because of the small (but real) risk of serious reactions. ...Read more
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