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I have severe congestion in only one nostril, while lying down. I take allergy shots for dog dander and dust mites. Any other ideas?

I have severe congestion in only one nostril, while lying down. I take allergy shots for dog dander and dust mites. Any other ideas?

? Nasal polyp: Sounds like it might be a deviated septum or even a nasal polyp. A good rhinoscopic exam with or without a ct sinus can probably help to clarify what is going on here. ...Read more

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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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Do drops work better than allergy shots? I know they aren't covered by insurance yet, but several doctors offer them.

Do drops work better than allergy shots? I know they aren't covered by insurance yet, but several doctors offer them.

Shots > drops: Most studies showed shots over drops. Only limited number of allergens (even if all are available) can be given by drops (taken daily). The dropout rate for drops is high since itchy mouth and throat occur with each dose at least in the first few months. The major benefits for drops are that they are taken at home after the 1st dose at allergist's office & no anaphylaxis reported vs shots. ...Read more

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Keep telling nurse my body itches on increase allergy shots decreased dose doesn't make me itch she says shots only itch at site after decrease works?

Keep telling nurse my body itches on increase allergy shots decreased dose doesn't make me itch she says shots only itch at site after decrease works?

Incorrect: Generalized itching after an allergy shot points to something more serious to come especially when the dose is increased. I urge you to discuss this with your allergist before you get your next shot. Although one may not need to decrease the allergen dose from a local reaction, a generalized itch may signal the early stage of anaphylaxis. ...Read more

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42 yr old w/ pneumonia 8 times in 2 years. I had 2 yrs free. I went on a super immunity diet and allergy shots. Just had it again! I work with kids?

42 yr old w/ pneumonia 8 times in 2 years. I had 2 yrs free. I went on a super immunity diet and allergy shots. Just had it again! I work with kids?

Immune workup: With 8 episodes in 2 years, there is something seriously wrong. Some people exposed to water damage or other organic agents (pigeon droppings etc) may develop hypersensitivity pneumonitis and avoidance is the only thing which works. Others from impaired immune system which should be considered since gammaglobulin replacement is often effective. See a B/C allergist if you haven't already. ...Read more

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Allergy shots or antihistamine pills which works better?

Allergy shots or antihistamine pills which works better?

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

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Will allergy shots work?

Will allergy shots work?

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

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Do allergy shots really work?

Do allergy shots really work?

Yes: Yes! As long as you are getting the appropriate and relevant allergens for your area of the country and achieve a high enough dose, shots are very effective at decreasing allergy symptoms and are a way of actually modifying asthma symptoms. ...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 this treatment exist or work? Allergy shots for cat allergies?

Does this treatment exist or work? Allergy shots for cat allergies?

Yes: Allergy immunotherapy is about 80% effective. So like most medicines, it works on most people. There are also some individuals, like with any medication, that cat allergy vaccine is not effecdtive. Cat. ...Read more

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Been taking Singular 4 severe allergies, it's helped but I've gained 7lbs since on it & I eat well & work out, is only other option allergy shots?

Been taking Singular 4 severe allergies, it's helped but I've gained 7lbs since on it & I eat well & work out, is only other option allergy shots?

Yes: This is an unusual side effects from Singulair (montelukast). However there are option such as nasal steroid, nasal antihistamine which may work better. If all else fails, consider seeing an allergist for allergy shots which have shown to be highly effective and often providing long-lasting benefits after several years of treatment. Avoidance measures may also be needed after the allergens have been ID. ...Read more

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Allergy shots. They work I feel better. Except when pollen is real bad. If it doesn't work for high pollen will making shot stronger help or more often.

Allergy shots. They work I feel better. Except when pollen is real bad. If it doesn't work for high pollen will making shot stronger help or more often.

Probably: Although allergy shot has a success rate of >80%, a good portion of the patients need still need to take medication. Increasing the dose pre- but not during the season may help. A few patients may need a reduction in allergen dose during the peak pollen season. Have you asked your doctor to give you a nasal steroid-antihistamine combination? Oral steroid not indicated. See b/c allergist. ...Read more

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Do allergy shots work for really bad allergies? My IgE level is about 1300.

Do allergy shots work for really bad allergies? My IgE level is about 1300.

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

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How does desensitization therapy and allergy shots work on people with allergies?

How does desensitization therapy and allergy shots work on people with allergies?

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

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My allergies are really bothering me I'm on pataday Flonase Claritin (loratadine) and take weekly allergy shots medications don't work I've taken everything else?

My allergies are really bothering me I'm on pataday Flonase Claritin (loratadine) and take weekly allergy shots medications don't work I've taken everything else?

Re-evaluation: If you are on all those medicines, regular and not benefiting, so you need to be reevaluated, medicines don't work equally for all patients, doses might need to be modified or prescribed different meds, most important is adherence to treatment plan, good luck ...Read more

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How goes glucagon work if there is a problem to allergy shots with patients taking beta blockers?

How goes glucagon work if there is a problem to allergy shots with patients taking beta blockers?

Antidote: If on beta blockers and get a reaction, think of it as an antidote to the beta blocker which can prolong the reaction, and make it worse. ...Read more

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If it takes long time for atopic dermatitis to heal from allergy shots, which other method is proven to work? Acupuncture? Herbal tonic? Any other?

Moisture/antinflam: Atopic dermatitis is managed by reducing the tendency to scratch, which causes a flare, so reduce all forms of rubbing; cetaphil/ probiotics. If worse, consider low potency, short course (< 2 weeks/episode) topical steroids, Elidel (pimecrolimus) or Protopic for < 2 weeks/episode; atarax/ Benadryl q.I.D., p.O. Helps interrupt the scratch/itch cycle. Can try 2 tbs bleach in 1/2 tub--5 min guided soaking the body. ...Read more

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I have a strange sensation on the tip of my tongue, it is notnumbness or tingling. I don't have any nutritional deficiency, my lab work was normal and I get regular allergy shots/medicines. What could be the cause of the strange sensation?

I have a strange sensation on the tip of my tongue, it is notnumbness or tingling. I don't have any nutritional deficiency, my lab work was normal and I get regular allergy shots/medicines. What could be the cause of the strange sensation?

Good question?: That's a very broad question and not easily answered over the internet without knowing your complete medical and dental history and being able to personally examine you. Honestly, merely giving you a list of possibilities is not helpful nor will it solve your dilemma. If no one has been able to answer your question, see an oral surgeon, dentist trained in oral medicine, or ENT specialist. ...Read more

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Odds of getting a reaction from allergy shots?

Odds of getting a reaction from allergy shots?

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

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