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Will all allergy shots cause permanent divots on my arms?

Will all allergy shots cause permanent divots on my arms?

No: On rare occasions patients on immunotherapy develops little hard lumps under the skin. These are probably granulomas. I say probably because we don't biopsy them. They resolve spontaneously in a few months and possibly contribute to a better response to allergy shots. I've never seen a divot from an allergy injection. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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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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Is it normal for arms to swell and harden at the injection site after allergy shots?

Is it normal for arms to swell and harden at the injection site after allergy shots?

It's pretty common: It's an immune reaction. Personally, I kind of believe in the 19th century idea that a vaccine that makes more of a 'take' (the signs you mention) produces a better immune reaction.
Vaccines vary between the type (live is stronger) and between people on how much inflammation they produce. ...Read more

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Why do they alternate allergy shots in each arm ?

Why do they alternate allergy shots in each arm ?

No particular reason: Some offices alternate arms when only one shot is given each visit. Some switch arms when two or more injections are given per visit. At our office we do not alternate arms or we defer to patient preference. There is no data that I know of suggesting that alternating arms for immunotherapy either improves results or decreases adverse reactions. I'd like to hear our other experts' opinions. ...Read more

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Is it safe to administer your allergy shots without rubbing alcohol on arm bec it Don't hurt my arm when give them?

Is it safe to administer your allergy shots without rubbing alcohol on arm bec it Don't hurt my arm when give them?

Used to clean: Alcohol swabs are used to clean your skin before the shot is given to reduce the risk of infection. It has nothing to do with pain control. ...Read more

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I gave myself my allergy shots in each arm and forgot to use alcohol swab is that to not use them? It don't hurt really don't need them.

I gave myself my allergy shots in each arm and forgot to use alcohol swab is that to not use them? It don't hurt really don't need them.

Not recommended.: Since allergy shots can cause serious and even life-threatening reactions (since they contain things you are allergic to), it is best to get the shots at a doctor's office. The alcohol is meant to disinfect (not to numb it) the skin surface and you will to wait till it has dried. Again, I would strongly advise giving allergy shots to yourself. Is your allergist board-certified? ...Read more

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Shoulder to upper arm feels like itching, burning and its in pain when moving. Possible the allergy shots cause this? Is it muscle torn?

Shoulder to upper arm feels like itching, burning and its in pain when moving. Possible the allergy shots cause this? Is it muscle torn?

Local redness: If you received an allergy shot in your arm and now it bothers you than it is possible you are aware of it. Most common side effects of allergy shot would be redness or soreness. If you feel excessive redness or pain with passive motion call your doctor or have it examined soon. ...Read more

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How long and how often should I receive allergy shots?

How long and how often should I receive allergy shots?

1-6 months: Allergy shots help animal and pollen allergy sufferers the most to reduce their misery. Once a maintenance dose is reach (a process that can taken 1-6 months), injections are spaced out to a 2-4 week interval as part of a maintenance plan. Injections that do not seem to be effective after a year may be discontinued. Injections may be continued for 3-5 years or longer if they are effective. ...Read more

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What are the long term effects from allergy shots?

What are the long term effects from allergy shots?

Yes: About 2/3 of people who do immunotherapy of an appropriate, effective dose will have long term relief from their allergy symptoms even after they have finished 3-5 years of the shots.

In some cases this relief is permanent, in others symptoms will eventually return, but may be years later. ...Read more

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How long will it take atopic dermatitis to get better when taking allergy shots?

How long will it take atopic dermatitis to get better when taking allergy shots?

Variable: Atopic dermatitis, eczema, may or may not be of allergic origin. If it due to allergies allergy shots may help. You should see an improvement within six months to two years. ...Read more

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How long after starting them can I stop getting allergy shots?

How long after starting them can I stop getting allergy shots?

Are they working?: You should see improvement with allergy injections a few months after reaching your maximal tolerated dose. If you're not better review the program with your allergist. Perhaps you should stop? After 4-5 years of successful once-monthly immunotherapy patients may try to stop. About half return in 6-8 weeks wishing to resume. 25% need to restart after 5-7 years. 25% never need another injection. ...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?

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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How long does it take before you see relief with allergy shots?

How long does it take before you see relief with allergy shots?

Months: The reason that allergy shot regimens take years to complete is because they have to go up on the dosage of allergen very slowly. The results are usually very good but it takes months for you to notice a significant difference. Continue taking your oral allergy medications as long as the allergist recommends it. ...Read more

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If I start allergy shots how long does it usually take before allergy symptoms significantly lessen?

If I start allergy shots how long does it usually take before allergy symptoms significantly lessen?

Allergy shots: Depending on the protocol that you and your doctor are following it takes on average 3 to 4 months, but you should ask your doctor this question, they know the particulars of your treatment. ...Read more

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If I tough out my allergies to my dog for long enough will my body eventually get used to it (like with allergy shots)?

If I tough out my allergies to my dog for long enough will my body eventually get used to it (like with allergy shots)?

Allergy shots: Do help. But., first get evaluated and discuss this with your allergist to find out if you are truly allergic to dogs. You could have other issues and be sensitive to other stuff, too. ...Read more

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How long is it safe to take Claritin D? D seems to be the only thing help chronic post nasal drip and fluid in ears. On allergy shots but slow progress.

How long is it safe to take Claritin D? D seems to be the only thing help chronic post nasal drip and fluid in ears. On allergy shots but slow progress.

BP Concerns: The decongestant in Claritin (loratadine) D can be helpful for acute facial pain/pressure and congestion but has side effects which can be significant. If you have a history of blood pressure issues or other cardiac problems I would not recommend. Consider talking with Allergist about other possible treatment due to refractory disease. Drying agents like ipratroprium bromide sprays and methscapolomine can help ...Read more

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Scratched by my cat today, the scratch is Itchy, raised and red. Allergic to cats, take allergy shots. What’s happening? How do I stop the itching?

Scratched by my cat today, the scratch is Itchy, raised and red. Allergic to cats, take allergy shots. What’s happening? How do I stop the itching?

Allergic???: You are getting "shots" to reduce allergic reactions to cat?? Asthma? How can you continue to keep a cat? You should trade the cat for a pet rock. Consider antibiotic for cat scratch bacteria [azithromycin] and a topical steroid. ...Read more

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Do allergy shots make you gain weight?

Do allergy shots make you gain weight?

No: Allergy shots (immunotherapy) provide marked symptomatic benefit by inducing immunologic tolerance to the airborne allergens to which you have developed sensitivity. They do carry minimal inherent risk of local and systemic allergic reaction (because they contain what you are allergic to) but weight gain is not a reported reaction or side effect. ...Read more

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Can allergy shots be too strong causing problems?

Can allergy shots be too strong causing problems?

Yes.: If you were to get a dose that was higher than the next shot in your protocol, it could trigger a local reaction in the skin or even stronger symptoms such as breathing problems or worsening allergy symptoms. However, most allergists follow a protocol when giving shots and this would make it where you did not receive a shot that was too strong. ...Read more

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Do allergy shots help your immunity for all your life?

Do allergy shots help your immunity for all your life?

Not necessarily: Allergen immunotherapy or allergy shots can trick your immune system into thinking it is not allergic to pollens, pet dander, dust mite etc but some patients develop new or different allergies later on in life after shots are finished, other patients never get a complete "cure" from their allergies, but overall success rate very high ...Read more

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My child needs allergy shots? How many visits does that require?

Depends on schedule: There are some variabilites in the method of administering allergy shots, and it could depend on the age of your child. Some offices are doing cluster immunotherapy, where the maintenance dose can be reached in weeks, as opposed to conventional therapy, where it may take months. Once maintenance is reached, shots are given every 2-4 weeks. ...Read more

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Can allergy shots make allergy symptoms worse? Need expert opinions!

Can allergy shots make allergy symptoms worse? Need expert opinions!

It should not: Allergy shots are used to treat allergies by desensitize the immune system to aeroallergens. If it is done correctly, it should improve your allergy symptoms. We allergists are specialized in diagnosis and treating allergies. ...Read more

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What is the success rate for allergy shots? Are they really effective?

Yes: Depending on your allergies, dust mite, cat, grass, ragweed shots are 95% effective, other pollen 80%, mold 65%. (these ase tentative figures, and different studies show different results. It varies on the dose given. ...Read more

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Could allergy shots actually make your allergies worst insted of better?

Could allergy shots actually make your allergies worst insted of better?

Usually not: If the shots cause extra symptoms then they may be too strong and should be dialed back. The positive spin to this is that if the shots are causing symptoms then it means that you are truly allergic to the items you are getting in the shots and that the shots should help once they are adjusted. ...Read more

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Would allergy shots eliminate my allergic reactions to cats? If so, for how many months or years?

Cats: It is possible for allergy shots to reduce or at times eliminate allergic symptoms to cats but the immunotherapy but be done cautiously since cats are at times very allergenic. ...Read more

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What is the difference between xolair and allergy shots?

What is the difference between xolair and allergy shots?

Major differences: Xolair is a shot that with antibodies that bind ige (ige is the antibody that causes asthma and allergy) to help control severe persistent asthma symptoms. Allergy shots are a mixture of allergenic proteins (dust mites, pets, pollens, molds, etc) that increase tolerance to allergens with increasing doses. ...Read more

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I have seasonal allergies, what can allergy shots do for me?

I have seasonal allergies, what can allergy shots do for me?

May help: Allergy testing can show what you are most sensitive to and "desensitizing you to these allergens can be helpful. ...Read more

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Is it normal to feel sick after changing frequency of allergy shots?

Allergy shots help: There are several factors that decreasing the frequency of allergy shots could increase symptoms. I assume you are seeing a board-certified allergists. After the initial build up the shots are reduced to once a week for several months, then every other week, then once a month. The change can drop the protection level and increase symptoms. It could also be a coincidence. Talk to your allergist. ...Read more

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What do you do for severe seasonal allergy symptoms? Are allergy shots mandatory?

What do you do for severe seasonal allergy symptoms? Are allergy shots mandatory?

Not mandatory...: ...But often helpful. Moving away from areas where there are plants to whose pollen you are sensitive may be a better option is available. ...Read more

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How can I relieve anxiety before allergy shots?

Many ideas...: It's a bloodless injection using a fine needle (before injecting, staff should always withdraw the plunger to make sure the return is clear). Initial doses are very small (they do build up to 0.5 cc in the end). Subcutaneous space is a "potential space" that can accept the volume (doesn't hurt as much as intradermal). Ask for staff you like. Topical anesthetic like lidocaine/prilocaine may help. ...Read more

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What can cause very long arms? Is this a condition?

What can cause very long arms? Is this a condition?

Marfan's: Is one such condition which is an inherited disease associated with a variety of connective tissue disorders and long and slender arms, fingers and legs. ...Read more

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Are allergy shots more effective as allergy pill treatments?

Are allergy shots more effective as allergy pill treatments?

Yes: They work better, work systemically, give long term symptom control, and reduce the risk of asthma and further sensitizations. ...Read more

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Can receiving 7 allergy shots for the first time cause a fever?

Can receiving 7 allergy shots for the first time cause a fever?

Unlikely: Allergy injections (allergen immunotherapy) can lead to allergic reactions but not fever. Another cause of the fever should be sought. Immunizations from other vaccines can be associated with fever. It is unclear why a person would receive 7 allergy shots unless they were at intervals of weekly dosing. ...Read more

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How do you generally feel about allergists and allergy shots? Effective?

How do you generally feel about allergists and allergy shots? Effective?

Allergist effective?: If the allergist is formally trained and board eligable or certified and careful his methods are helpful and often effective. ...Read more

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What is it like to take their child (ren) to see an allergist for their allergy shots?

What is it like to take their child (ren) to see an allergist for their allergy shots?

My daughter: Started getting them at age 2. I got them too. We made a contest to see who was the bravest. She did great!! ...Read more

Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Long Arms (Definition)

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