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Doctor insights on: Types Of Allergies Treatable With Shots

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When healthtap doctor says, allergy shots could work for eczema, is that mean atopic dermatitis is also treatable? Are they similar terms?

When healthtap doctor says, allergy shots could work for eczema, is that mean atopic dermatitis is also treatable? Are they similar terms?

ATOPIC DERMATITIS: Atopic dermatitis is allergic in origin manifested by eczema or other itchy rashes located in the cubital and popliteal areas, recurrent in nature unless allergen is discovered. The allergy shots are given to desensitized the patient. ...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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Each time i take dairy my ENT problems and breathing worsens, [allegy test was negative] , if its a food sensitivity is that issue treatable if so how?

Each time i take dairy my ENT problems and breathing worsens, [allegy test was negative] , if its a food sensitivity is that issue treatable if so how?

Dairy: You may be sensitive to dairy. Your doc or a natural doc can order a food sensitivity lab test (great plains lab). Even if not allergic or full blown you may be sensitive and need to avoid/replace certain foods. The standard tests the doc gives may not be sensitive enough. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Can you tell me is there any type of shot or pill that i can take for my dog/cat allergy?

Can you tell me is there any type of shot or pill that i can take for my dog/cat allergy?

Yes.: I would encourage you to see an allergist if you need to come into contact with dogs ; cats ; are allergic. Allergy shots are the most effective option. Sprays, inhalers ; pills are of limited help. ...Read more

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Do allergy shots have same type of additives (mercury) as vaccines?

Do allergy shots have same type of additives  (mercury) as vaccines?

Phenol: Phenol is the typical preservative in allergy shots and is not believed to be dangerous to you in small doses but prevents bacterial and fungal growth. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Post nasal drip: The mucus drips from your nose to your throat, but if your allergies are adequately controlled, then you have to look at other causes, such as acid reflux or asthma. Ask your allergist about your persistent symptoms. ...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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Do allergy shots hurt?

Do allergy shots hurt?

Not bad: My daughter got them when she was 2 years old - at first she cried but then we played a "who can be the most brave game" and all the tears were gone. ...Read more

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Do i need allergy shots?

Do i need allergy shots?

Do you have: specific diagnosed allergies? If so - what did the allergist recommend? ...Read more

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Will allergy shots work?

Will allergy shots work?

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

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What are allergy shots for?

What are allergy shots for?

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

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Do allergy shots really work?

Do allergy shots really work?

Yes: Yes! as long as you are getting the appropriate and relevant allergens for your area of the country and achieve a high enough dose, shots are very effective at decreasing allergy symptoms and are a way of actually modifying asthma symptoms. ...Read more

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How effective are allergy shots?

How effective are allergy shots?

Very : Allergy vaccine therapy is 80% effective -- so like most medications it works in the vast majority of patients. ...Read more

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How is it that allergy shots work?

How is it that allergy shots work?

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

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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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Does everyone respond to allergy shots?

Does everyone respond to allergy shots?

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

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Are allergy shots usually well tolerated?

Are allergy shots usually well tolerated?

Yes: should under care of, and prescribed after evaluation by a Board Certified Allergist /Immunologist, best wishes ...Read more

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Can you actually be allergic to allergy shots?

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

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Odds of getting a reaction from allergy shots?

Odds of getting a reaction from allergy shots?

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

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Could allergy shots make allergy symptoms worse?

Could allergy shots make allergy symptoms worse?

Sometimes: Occasionally allergy shots can exacerbate allergy symptoms especially if symptoms are severe or you are sick. This is why allergy shot should be given in doctors office. ...Read more

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