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What is the injection schedule for allergen immunotherapy?

What is the injection schedule for allergen immunotherapy?

Varies: Most practioners start with injections every 2 to 14 days initially and then once maintenance is achieved patients go to every 2 weeks and often every 4 weeks. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Palumbo
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Immunotherapy (Definition)

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


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What's effectiveness of allergen immunotherapy?

What's effectiveness of allergen immunotherapy?

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 more

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Cost of doing of allergen immunotherapy per year?

Cost of doing of allergen immunotherapy per year?

Varied: Really depends on your insurance coverage. Studies have shown that is definitely a cost savings over five years when taken into account medications not needed and secondary effects such as decreased infections and asthma exacerbations. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: allergen immunotherapy?

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

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Where do they inject the needle for allergen immunotherapy (pet allergies)?

Where do they inject the needle for allergen immunotherapy (pet allergies)?

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

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How often does allergy immunotherapy fail? (in terms of not being able to build immunity to allergen?)

How often does allergy immunotherapy fail? (in terms of not being able to build immunity to allergen?)

Rarely: Immunotherapy when administered by a board certified allergist who has tested for relevant allergens and builds to an appropriate concentration with extracts is successful in up to 85% of patients for desensitization. ...Read more

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Can montelukast become an alternative of allergens immunotherapy for perenial allergic rhinitis ?

Can montelukast become an alternative of allergens immunotherapy for perenial allergic rhinitis ?

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

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Does risk for anaphylaxis vary with type of allergen from immunotherapy? Example: pollen, stings, mites, cat, food, etc..

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

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Do you need to wear gloves when giving immunotherapy injection?

No: Good clinical practice recommends use of sterile technique and safety syringes however gloves are not mandated and therefore up to the discretion of the administrator. ...Read more

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When is it a good idea to do immunotherapy injections?

When is it a good idea to do  immunotherapy injections?

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

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How effective are allergy shots, immunotherapy injections or drops?

Depends: The efficacy of allergy shots (immunotherapy) can be maximized by seeing a board certified allergist. Allergists receive extensive training in treating with allergy shots. In the right patient, they can be curative, and hopefully decrease or eliminate the need for allergy medications. Allergy drops have also been shown to be very effective, but are not yet fda approved. ...Read more

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Could immunotherapy IV and Protein IV injection be the best combination for Minetriers Disease of the stomach instead of biological antibody? Need hel

Could immunotherapy IV and Protein IV injection be the best combination for Minetriers Disease of the stomach instead of biological antibody? Need hel

Depends on the cause: While the exact cause of Menetrier's dis is not yet established, there are several suspects like increased activity of the Epidermal Growth Factor, H pylori or Cytomegalovirus infection. Treatment needs to target the culprit and make up for the protein loss. Hence, injection of ant-growth factor antibodies and iv proteins as well as an approrpriate diet can all be considered ...Read more

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Is sublingual immunotherapy as effective as injections? I'm targeting fatigue that allergies cause. Living in Austin/TX it's almost year-round.

Is sublingual immunotherapy as effective as injections?  I'm targeting fatigue that allergies cause.  Living in Austin/TX it's almost year-round.

Overall shots better: When comparing sublingual vs subcutaneous immunotherapy, the latter turns out to be more effective overall. The fact that sublingual IT often causes oral itching and requires daily dosing leads to a very high drop-out rate. In addition, the allergens available for sublingual are quite limited- Dust mite may soon be approved but molds are likely many years away. ...Read more

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I had a positive OPK Saturday morning, should I still give myself the Ovidrel injection Saturday night for my IUI scheduled for Monday?

I had a positive OPK Saturday morning, should I still give myself the Ovidrel injection Saturday night for my IUI scheduled for Monday?

Ask your doc Saturda: This depends on several variables to give you your best chance at success. Can you call your doctor today? He/she is the only one who should advise you about this! IMHO any doctor who treats fertility patients with Ovidrel and IUI must be available 7 days a week to answer these questions. Good luck ...Read more

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Scheduled for kenalog (triamcinolone) injection for back pain. What are bad reactions people have had?

Scheduled for kenalog (triamcinolone) injection for back pain. What are bad reactions people have had?

Local injection site: Local injection site reaction/pain for 24 - 48 hours elevated glucose if diabetic. ...Read more

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Epidural steroid injection scheduled in a week. Heard these are not fda approved. What is your professional opinion of these injections?

Epidural steroid injection scheduled in a week. Heard these are not fda approved. What is your professional opinion of these injections?

fine: Epidural steroid injections are a well-studied, often-used, and successful therapy for chronic pain - especially back pain. Lots of things are not fda approved for all indications but that does not mean they are not safe or well studied. ...Read more

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Is it safe to go under anesthesia if you are feeling groggy? Daughter has been groggy since 1st steroid injection . Scheduled for a 2nd injection.

Is it safe to go under anesthesia if you are feeling groggy?
Daughter has been groggy since 1st steroid injection . Scheduled for a 2nd injection.

Feeling groggy?: How old is she? What did she get the steroid for? What is the putrpose of the medication she is getting? A doctor visit is a two way conversation. You have to speak with your doctor and know the purpose of the plan of action, what side effects might be. And ask questions and get answers. Do not be a passive consumer. ...Read more

Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
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Allergen Immunotherapy (Definition)

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


Allergen (Definition)

A substance that can cause an allergic reaction. Common allergens include ragweed pollen, ...Read more