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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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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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How long should it take for an allergy pill to work?

How long should it take for an allergy pill to work?

1/2 to 1 hour: Some antihistamines require metabolism in the liver to be converted into the most effective form to block histamine. These antihistamines take at least 1 hour to become effective. However, some antihistamines like allegra, xyzal (levocetirizine) and Clarinex are already in the active form and begin to work as soon as they are absorbed which take about 30 minutes. ...Read more

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Which works better allergy shot or drops do they take away allergy symptoms?

Which works better allergy shot or drops  do they take away allergy  symptoms?

See details: Drops of what? The best treatment depends on the source of the allergy. Speak with an allergist for proper guidance. ...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 it takes a long time to atopic dermatitis to go away using method of allergy shot, about how long does it take?

If it takes a long time to atopic dermatitis to go away using method of allergy shot, about how long does it take?

Allergy shots?: Atopic dermatitis by definition may be associated with allergies. However, allergy shots are not considered first line treatment for atopic dermatitis and often have been reported to worsen the condition or symptoms. The bottom line is allergy shots are not first-line treatment but may be incorporated into a more comprehensive treatment plan. ...Read more

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After my first allergy shot I had a bad reaction. How long will it take for the red blotches and swelling to go away? Dr. gave me steroids.

After my first allergy shot I had a bad reaction.  How long will it take for the red blotches and swelling to go away? Dr. gave me steroids.

Give it a week: The initial symptoms of itching/swelling should go away fairly quickly - in the first 48 hours. The redness may last for a little while longer. Best of luck! ...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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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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Was prescribed an allergy nasal spray to help with buzzing in ears. How long does it usually take for this to work & can I try anything else?

Was prescribed an allergy nasal spray to help with buzzing in ears. How long does it usually take for this to work & can I try anything else?

Probably never: For people with plugged ears, allergy nasal spray may help and the optimal effect is reached between 5-7 days. However most buzzing or tinnitus in the absence of other inner ear involvement, would not be helped by the spray. Often the cause is unknown. Suggest you consult an ENT doctor . ...Read more

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For 2 weeks I have been itching all over my body with a prickle burn no rash, how long does it last allergy tablets don't work I do take iron tablets

For 2 weeks I have been itching all over my body with a prickle burn no rash, how long does it last allergy tablets don't work I do take iron tablets

Hold all medicines: To start with, although iron preparations usually don't cause allergy, could be a preservative or a non active ingredient, watch what you eat as well, can use a different antihistaminic, above all you might be having a dry skin, use a cream soap, moisturize your whole body right after bathing, every day or every other day, if all don't work, see your doctor, goodluck. ...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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How long does an allergy skin test usually take?

How long does an allergy skin test usually take?

Technically, minutes: Once the test is placed, it is read in 10-15 minutes. However, most patients are tested to a number of different allergens reflecting their food or environmental exposures. In addition, lower concentrations and different techniques are used first (percutaneous vs. intradermal) to reduce the chance of big reactions. Call your allergist for a reasonable expectation. ...Read more

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How long should you be on allergy shot?

How long should you be on allergy shot?

Allergy Shots: That is a decision for you and your allergy doctor to decide. The average time frame is 3-5 years of maintenance therapy. Some people need allergy shots longer. Sometimes a trial off the allergy shots is another alternative to see if you are desensitized. The best way to find out is to sit down with your allergist and come up with an agreeable plan for both of you. ...Read more

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What works most effectively to take for allergies?

What works most effectively to take for allergies?

Nasal steroid sprays: The most effective treatment for allergic rhinitis is topical nasal steroid sprays such as qnasl, Flonase or nasonex (mometasone). Antihistamines can help, but only block "histamine" while steroid nasal sprays decrease all symptoms of allergic rhinitis. They are prescription and one is approved down to age 2 years old. ...Read more

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How long could it take for an allergy to take effect?

How long could it take for an allergy to take effect?

Variable: The development of environmental allergies usually takes 2-3 pollen seasons. A medication allergy could occur on the first course or after taking the medication multiple times or for even a long period of time. Food allergies are more common in children than adults. Bee sting anaphylaxis is more common in adults. Pet allergies can take 2-20 years to develop. No one knows why, yet! ...Read more

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How long should you wait toexercise after a allergy shot?

How long should you wait toexercise after a allergy shot?

Two hours: Every allergist has their own rule of thumb; that's just mine. Exercise increases the flow of blood to the skin; this makes it more likely to absorb the allergens too quickly, increasing the risk of a severe reaction. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for allergies to appear?

Varies: Allergies can occur anywhere from immediately to hours or even days later depending on the allergen and the reaction. ...Read more