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Types Of Allergies Treatable With Shots
When healthtap doctor says, allergy shots could work for eczema, is that mean atopic dermatitis is also treatable? Are they similar terms?
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
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
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
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?
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No: There is no allergy shot that lasts for 6 months. ...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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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