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Horse Allergy Shots
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
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
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
What is the best allergy medication for seasonal allergies like pollen, dust, ragweed, hay fever, dogs, cats, hamsters etc?
There are a few: Not one medicine is better than another....Everyone's system is different...Some people get better with allegra..Others with zyrtec..Others with Claritin or even benadryl (diphenhydramine). These are now over-the-counter...Try some and read the labels. If you don't feel better, see a board certified allergist (www.Acaai.Org). Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Allergy shots: Allergy injections or immunotherapy is utilized for respiratory allergic conditions that are chronic or significantly problematic that do not respond to or require chronic medication, treatment causes side effects, or is multi system in nature. Increasing amounts and concentrations of the particular antigens are administered into the skin inducing a different or blocking immune response. ...Read more
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
Allergic rhinitis, allergy vaccine shots for 18 months, IgE 850, bone&muscle pain, fingers deform, taking ca&vitamins but no improvement.Is mastocytosis ?
Not usually: Chronic hives are typically related to 1. Physical (cold, heat, etc), 2. Autoimmune with antibody against ige receptor and 3. Idiopathic. (we don't know). Allergy shots will not help these. Usual triggers of acute hives are drug or food allergies-not treated with allergy shots. Bee sting reaction that resulted in generalized hives in adults would be treated with venom allergy shots. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Have BAD allergies. Steroid sprays give me nosebleeds. (I spray outwards). Refuse allergy shots. Is it worth seeing an allergist? Options?
Yes!: Unless you already know everything that you are allergic to, it would be good to see an allergist to determine what you are allergic to, and therefore try to avoid it, and there are also some new oral antihistamines on the market that may help! Have you tried Astelin nasal spray? It is an antihistamine spray, so it might not cause nosebleeds if you use it. Requires a Rx tho'. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Allergy shots: An allergist can test you for various allergies and formulate allergy shots (immunotherapy) that will slowly build up your immune system's responce to those allergens (tolerance) over time (years). Cat allergy responds well to this therapy, when given by a properly trained allergist that follows the acaai/aaaai guidelines. See an allergist for testing and to discuss therapy options. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Several: Local lumps at the injection sites are not uncommon. Rarely you may even have anaphylaxis ( a life-threatening situation which may manifest as breathing trouble, fainting, shock, itching, hives , vomiting etc) and thus you must stay at the office for 30 minutes after each session so that prompt treatment can be started when and if this does occur. ...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
The mechanism for allergy is the same except that the symptoms occur only when exposed to horse allergens. You may have sneezes, runny nose, itchy/watery eyes, and even asthma. Some people may have hives. Do not confuse horse allergy to fungi exposure from the straws and ...Read more