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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? (not to the die but the drug itself) if so can desensitization work?

Can a person be truly allergic to benadryl? (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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Would looking at videos of real violence desensitize someone?

Would looking at videos of real violence desensitize someone?

It can: People should not do anything to the exclusion of other activities. If you watch violent videos, you should be over 18 and limit the amount of time you participate in this activity. Those with trauma histories may be harmed more by violent videos than those without trauma histories. If violent videos upset you or give you nightmares, or other symptoms, see a psychiatrist or psychologist. ...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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