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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
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