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What Is The Injection Schedule For Allergen Immunotherapy
Encompasses subcutaneous, patch or sublingual treatment with increasing amounts of specific allergen. Used for allergic rhinitis, allergic asthma, and hymenoptera hypersensitivity (and in ongoing trials for food allergy). Specific IgE-mediated disease must be proven. Indications are lack of symptom control despite medication/avoidance, reduce risk of anaphylaxis, or ...Read more
High if done correct: For stinging insect venom.Effectiveness approaches 99% . For environmental inhalant allergies when appropriately tested and results interpretted by an expert before choosing relevant allergens to include in desensitization effectiveness has been shown for most symptoms up to 85% ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Allergy shots: Desensitization, hyposensitization, immunotherapy are all terms to describe allergy shots. Allergists attempt to ? ige-mediated hypersensitivity to various substances, including pollens, molds, animal allergens and insect allergens, by administering ever-increasing amounts of an antigen until the patient tolerates natural exposure to the allergen with decreased or no symptoms. ...Read more
Upper arm: The injection is typically in the back of the upper arm. There are rare circumstances where it varies. However the arm is by far the most common location. ...Read more
How often does allergy immunotherapy fail? (in terms of not being able to build immunity to allergen?)
Not really: I suggest 3 steps to controlling allergies : 1) avoid the things you are allergic to. 2) take medications to control the symptoms. 3) get 'allergy shots' (immunotherapy) to teach your body to not be "allergic" to those things (immune tolerance). Using a leukotriene antagonist control the symptoms some, but it is not the most effective medication, and is not an equal alternative to immunotherapy. ...Read more
Does risk for anaphylaxis vary with type of allergen from immunotherapy? Example: pollen, stings, mites, cat, food, etc..
Complex: Risk of anaphylaxis from immunotherapy depends on many factors: identifying the allergens causing the symptoms, severity of symptoms, whether well controlled prior to start of therapy, choosing the right allergens and right concentrations, assessment at each visit prior to administration of therapy, and observation for at least 30 minutes. Very rare in the hands of a competent allergist, good luck ...Read more
Any time: Generally, immunotherapy is indicated for folks with allergies that are poorly controlled by conventional medications or for those with significant complications from their allergies like sinusitis and asthma. It's also a great choice for people who don't want to be on lots of long term medications. ...Read more
Desensitization, hyposensitization, immunotherapy are all terms to describe allergy shots. Allergists attempt to ↓ ige-mediated hypersensitivity to various substances, including pollens, molds, animal allergens and insect allergens, by administering ever-increasing amounts of an antigen until the patient tolerates natural exposure to the allergen with ...Read more
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