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Is Cortisone Shot Effective In Relieving Allergies
Yes, but....: System-wide exposure to steroids is associated with an increased long-term risk of complications such as cataracts, glaucoma and osteoporosis. Cortisone injections are sometimes used to relieve debilitating symptoms quickly, but their routine use is not a good idea. Get an evaluation by an allergist to determine the optimal way to control your allergies. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Try to avoid Kenalog (triamcinolone): Kenalog (triamcinolone) is not an allergy shot, but rather a corticosteroid. As such it has significant side effects that are cumulative. The more steroid injections you get the greater the risks of permanent, possibly life threatening injections. They also do not cure symptoms rather cover them up. With multiple, effective other therapeutic options oral/injectable steroids should be reserved for severe reactions. ...Read more
Allergy nasal sprays: Steroid injections are not appropriate treatments for seasonal allergies. Usually, a combination of antihistamines and nasal sprays can be helpful. Steroid nasal sprays reduce inflammation inside the nose in order to allow improved breathing. They must be used daily and they take about 1 week to achieve peak efficacy. ...Read more
I've been taking plenty of allergy medicine, will the allergy medicine cause my depo shot to be less effective ?
Temporary: Arthritis causes inflammation in the affected joint. Steroids will decrease the inflammation within the joint and improve pain. Once the steroids wear off, the symptoms will reoccur. For knee arthritis, a better long-term non-operative option would be visco supplementation. Injections are given as a series, which may take from 1-5 weeks to complete. See a board certified orthopaedic surgeon. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is sublingual immunotherapy as effective as injections? I'm targeting fatigue that allergies cause. Living in Austin/TX it's almost year-round.
Overall shots better: When comparing sublingual vs subcutaneous immunotherapy, the latter turns out to be more effective overall. The fact that sublingual IT often causes oral itching and requires daily dosing leads to a very high drop-out rate. In addition, the allergens available for sublingual are quite limited- Dust mite may soon be approved but molds are likely many years away. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Extremely horrible reaction to cortisone injection and cortisone Medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pak. Are there any alternatives?
Is one allergy shot containing multiple allergens as effective as many shots with one allergen per shot?
Yes, but: Yes, but the most essential component to giving allergy shots is that the appropriate doses are given for each allergen. In other words it doesn't matter if you get a certain number of units of dog mixed with a certain number of units of cat, or if you get those doses in separate injections. Also allergists know which allergens can or cannot be combined. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Avoidance: Dust free bedroom precautions like no carpet, no cloth draperies, hypoallergenic pillows, possibly a mattress cover, saline nose spray, anithistamines and nasal steroid sprays. ...Read more
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