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Medicine For Allergy Shots
My sinuses have been acting up w/ no relief, I'm getting migraines like crazy. I'm taking all of my sinus medicine I take allergy shots monthly they Don't help, what do I do?
Sinus Headache: If your sinus headaches or migraines interfere with your daily life or don't respond to OTC medications, it's time to see a doctor. Call your PCP for consultation. ...Read more
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
Can mucus develop in throat and creep in your nose, I take three different types of allergy medicines I get allergy shots I take and still mucus?
Is it okay to take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or some allergy medicine while taking shots? Will it negate the allergy shots? Which medicine do you recommend?
I have countless drug, food and seasonal allergies even though my insurance won't cover allergy shots is it practical to consider them?
No: Multiple allergies from numerous different causes are not really effectively treated by allergy shots. Speak with an allergist as there are several meds that can be very effective. ...Read more
I have a strange sensation on the tip of my tongue, it is notnumbness or tingling. I don't have any nutritional deficiency, my lab work was normal and I get regular allergy shots/medicines. What could be the cause of the strange sensation?
Good question?: That's a very broad question and not easily answered over the internet without knowing your complete medical and dental history and being able to personally examine you. Honestly, merely giving you a list of possibilities is not helpful nor will it solve your dilemma. If no one has been able to answer your question, see an oral surgeon, dentist trained in oral medicine, or ENT specialist. ...Read more
Yes: Allergen immunotherapy (allergy shots) is effective for most people and is the only "disease modifying" treatment available. In general about 30% of patients have great response, 30% have good response, 30% have a fair response and unfortunately 10% don't respond. There is no way to predict how good the response will be. It's excellent and safe therapy in the right hands (an allergist). ...Read more
Allergy shots: Allergy injections or immunotherapy is utilized for respiratory allergic conditions that are chronic or significantly problematic that do not respond to or require chronic medication, treatment causes side effects, or is multi system in nature. Increasing amounts and concentrations of the particular antigens are administered into the skin inducing a different or blocking immune response. ...Read more
Two main ways: In general terms, immunotherapy induces "blocking" antibodies that remove inhaled allergens from the body before they have a chance to bind to allergic antibodies, and it induces "suppressor" mechanisms of the immune system to stop making allergic antibodies, and to suppress allergic reactions that still occur anyway. That is why it is far more effective than meds, which mask allergy symptoms. ...Read more
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
Most do: There have been many studies on 'allergy shots'; however the vast diversity of allergy triggers might not be covered. Generally, about 80% of patients get significant reduction of symptoms. Molds are most difficult and pollens most effective in some of those studies. Important issues are accurate diagnosis of the specific allergies and careful assessment of environment, season and the patient. ...Read more
Not really: One wouldn't be allergic to allergy shots but because allergy shots contain the allergens one is allergic to one can have significant systemic reactions to allergy vaccine therapy. ...Read more
Severe reaction rare: Risks of local and systemic allergic reactions: 1/2000 shots. Very low risk of death associated with immunotherapy: 1 in 2.5 million injections. Due to risk shots should be given in a physician's office. Each shot requires 30 minute wait in office to monitor for possible reaction and to treat appropriately should one occur. Systemic reactions may occur after the 30 minute wait period but are rare. ...Read more
Once a month: Allergy shots are given once a month if you are on maintenance treatment. To get there you have to start with shots once a week for about nine months or so and then once every two weeks, three weeks, and finally once a month. There are "rush" protocols to reach maintenance which are faster, but also more likely to cause side effects, like anaphylaxis (serious allergic reaction). ...Read more
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
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
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
Allergy shots: Allergy shots involve giving gradually increasing doses of allergens you are allergic to in an effort to decrease sensitivity. Over time you become less allergic to your allergens with fewer symptoms and decreased need for medicines. Medicines are used to treat symptoms but do not make you less sensitive while allergy shots decrease sensitivity. ...Read more
Different: Different for every patient. Usually about 6 months to 1 year to see any effect. ...Read more
Depends: Indication for shots vary but generally they are advised for individuals with perennial nasal allergies, co-morbid conditions such as asthma, sinusitis, ear infections, severe symptoms that impair quality of life and sleep. Some people don't like to take meds, and shots provide the only non-medicinal long term treatment. ...Read more
At least a year: You need to wait until you get up to the maintenance dose which depending on the schedule and if you miss visits can take up to a year or so. If you've been compliant and on the maintenance dose for 2-3 years with no benefit it would be reasonable to stop. ...Read more
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
Possibly: But this usually in the beginning of the protocol and are mild. If you are experiencing acute symptoms or you are well-advanced into your protocol, I would make sure to let the administering doctor know. ...Read more
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