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How long does it take to see the benefits of immunotherapy?

How long does it take to see the benefits of immunotherapy?

Depends: It really depends on the patient, compliance is very important. If a patient is compliant with once- or twice-weekly shots, he or she should begin to see improvement after 6-9 months of therapy. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Palumbo
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Immunotherapy (Definition)

Encompasses subcutaneous, patch or sublingual treatment with increasing amounts of specific allergen. Used for allergic rhinitis, allergic asthma, and hymenoptera hypersensitivity (and in ongoing trials for food allergy). Specific IgE-mediated disease must be proven. Indications are lack of symptom control despite medication/avoidance, reduce risk of anaphylaxis, or ...Read more


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How long does the immunotherapy take?

How long does the immunotherapy take?

5 years: Most people see results in as little as 9-12 months, and nearly maximum results by three years, and a full course of therapy is 5 years. Symptoms often start to come back three to five years after stopping immunotherapy, so some patients prefer to continue the shots for much longer than 5 years. ...Read more

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Does immunotherapy truly take 3-5 years to have an effect?

Length of time: It might for maximum results but often you can start to expeeience benefits after just a few months. ...Read more

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What if immunotherapy fails to work for someone and they absolutely need to take the medication they're allergic to?

Be specific: Immunotherapy fails for what , please name the medication , is it for allergy? If so try sigulair once a day you cannot be allergic to all antihistamine , some times there is crossreaction to foods with pollen. Oil of oagano can help for allergies. ...Read more

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Is it a good idea to take cyclosporine for immunotherapy?

Is it a good idea to take cyclosporine for immunotherapy?

Cyclosporine: Cyclosporine is a immunosuppressant drug, not a immunotherapy. Immunosuppressant suppresses your immune system ; is used in organ transplant to suppress rejection. It is also used in some autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis. Immunotherapy means differently. Allergy immunotherapy uses allergens that you are allergic to in order to desensitize you from that allergen. ...Read more

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How long does targeted immunotherapy treatment typically last?

Immunotherapy: Allergen immunotherapy is typically continued for a length of 3-5 years at which time your physician will make a decision to continue IT or trial off of it based on how you have responded to therapy. ...Read more

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How do b-cell deficiencies people benefit from artificial passive immunotherapy?

Definitions: B cell deficiencies are characterized by absent or deficient production of specific antibodies to substances, for example vaccines. For these patients to be protected from infections, a pool of antibodies from healthy donors (ivig) is given. Passive immunotherapy means giving antibodies, the can be ivig or specific antibodies against a microbe, for example anti-tetanus antibodies. ...Read more

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Allergic to dust. Immunotherapy 10yrs ago improved athsma&sinus. Now PM sinus/nasal congestion worsening. Using Nasonex&montelukast. OK long term?

Allergic to dust. Immunotherapy 10yrs ago improved athsma&sinus. Now PM sinus/nasal congestion worsening. Using Nasonex&montelukast. OK long term?

No: Go back to your allergist for evaluation. Injections last for a certain period of time - not indefinitely . You want to treT the cause, not just the symptoms. Good Luck. ...Read more

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What is immunotherapy?

What is immunotherapy?

Educate Immune Cell: Immunotherapy involves a retraining of the immune system. This may include therapeutic vaccines or immune checkpoint inhibitors for patients with cancer. The goal is to train the body's immune system to behave more normally for example recognizing and attacking the cancer. This type of therapy has recently gained interest with the approval of immunotherapy agents for prostate cancer and melanoma. ...Read more

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How does immunotherapy work?

Many ways: The best characterized mechanisms are induction of specific t suppressor cells to down regulate the immune response to allergens, and the generation of IgG "blocking" antibodies that bind allergens before they can bind to ige on the surface of mast cells to trigger histamine release. ...Read more

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What happens in immunotherapy?

Tolerance: Immunotherapy is a treatment that involves exposure of the immune system to gradually increasing doses of an allergen to which the person is allergic. During this gradual increase in dose the immune system becomes tolerant or resistant to the exposure reducing the symptoms that a person has on exposure to those allergens in nature. ...Read more

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What is targeted immunotherapy?

Boosting immunity: to fight cancer, that's it in a nutshell, check the following link for more info, http://www.cancer.net/new-targeted-immunotherapy-promising-treatment-several-advanced-cancers ...Read more

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How does radio immunotherapy feel?

Varied side effects: Radioimmunotherapy such as zevalin or Bexxar (tositumomab) can have multiple side effects: infusion reactions such as fevers, rigors, blood pressure changes, shortness of breath can occur. Serious side effects include low blood counts (fatigue, infections), new blood cancers, skin reactions, impaired fertility. ...Read more

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Can children receive immunotherapy?

Can children receive immunotherapy?

Yes : Most allergists prefer to start immunotherapy injections around age 5 . Often given to younger patients in hopes of preventing development of asthma in these young patients with nasal allergies. ...Read more

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Where should immunotherapy be given?

Under supervision: Immunotherapy should be given under the supervision of a physician in a facility equipped with proper staff and equipment to identify and treat adverse reactions to allergy injections. Ideally, immunotherapy should be given in the prescribing allergist/immunologist's office. ...Read more

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When should immunotherapy be stopped?

When goals achieved: Immunotherapy is usually stopped when maximum benefit has been achieved (exception is stinging insect immunotherapy). The ideal goal is enough reduction in symptoms that only prn medications are required, but in some cases when no additional benefit is seen in symptom or medication reduction in the last year. ...Read more

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How is radio-immunotherapy administered?

How is radio-immunotherapy administered?

In steps: Radio-immunotherapy (rit) is given in three steps, all through an iv. Step 1: an antibody to b cells alone to clear out some normal b cells. Step 2: an antibody to b cells with a small amount of radiation attached, followed by imaging. Step 3: a "hot" antibody to b cells with a larger dose of radiation attached. This acts like a smart bomb to kill cancerous b cells (lymphoma cells). ...Read more

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When might immunotherapy be ineffective?

Immunotherapy: Never a guarantee any immunotherapy will be effective, but oftentimes it is due to making a weak serum, placing proteolytic allergens together, or patients non-compliance and never reaching top dose. ...Read more

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