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What are the ingredients used in an allergy shot?

What are the ingredients used in an allergy shot?

Allergen Extracts: Allergy shots contain extracts of common inhalant substances (dust mite, cat, dog, mold, pollen, etc) that are called allergens. The extract should be prepared under the direct supervision of a board-ceritifed allergist who has specialized training in allergy & immunology. Allergy shots do not contain serum. ...Read more

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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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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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