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

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 perennial allergic rhinitis. I try everything. Can laser desensitization of nasal mucosa is the last cure?

I have perennial allergic rhinitis. I try everything. Can laser desensitization of nasal mucosa is the last cure?

Allergic rhinitis: I have not heard about laser desensitization and I am a fellow in the american academy of otolaryngic allergists. This treatment, if it exists, has not been tested and approved. You need to be tested to see what you are allergic to and treated appropriately. You can get shots or you can put drops under the tongue (sublingual immunotherapy) for effective treatment. These are the treatments I know. ...Read more

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Does desensitization vaccination works for allergic asthma? I got positive skin prick tests for 4-5 allergens....

Does desensitization vaccination works for allergic asthma? I got positive skin prick tests for 4-5 allergens....

Yes: It is effective about 80% of the time. However I'd doubt that getting allergy shots for 4-5 allergens would work for you since most people are allergic to dozens of airborne allergens except in the case of occupational exposure. ...Read more

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I am allergic to all antibiotics. Other than desensitization, what alternatives are there? What about intravenous mega doses of vitamin c?

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I am allergic to all antibiotics. Other than desensitization, what alternatives are there? What about intravenous mega doses of vitamin c?

No such thing: There is no such thing as allergies to all antibiotics; that is like saying allergies to all things in general. If you are truly allergic to all antibiotics, you'd likely react to vitamin c as well. There is no scientific merit to IV vitamin c, and despite what natural medicine advocates think, there are side effects, such as diarrhea and kidney stones. ...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?

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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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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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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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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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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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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