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Will all allergy shots cause permanent divots on my arms?

Will all allergy shots cause permanent divots on my arms?

No: On rare occasions patients on immunotherapy develops little hard lumps under the skin. These are probably granulomas. I say probably because we don't biopsy them. They resolve spontaneously in a few months and possibly contribute to a better response to allergy shots. I've never seen a divot from an allergy injection. ...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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Shoulder to upper arm feels like itching, burning and its in pain when moving. Possible the allergy shots cause this? Is it muscle torn?

Shoulder to upper arm feels like itching, burning and its in pain when moving.  Possible the allergy shots cause this? Is it muscle torn?

Local redness: If you received an allergy shot in your arm and now it bothers you than it is possible you are aware of it. Most common side effects of allergy shot would be redness or soreness. If you feel excessive redness or pain with passive motion call your doctor or have it examined soon. ...Read more

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Is it normal for arms to swell and harden at the injection site after allergy shots?

Is it normal for arms to swell and harden at the injection site after allergy shots?

It's pretty common: it's an immune reaction. Personally, I kind of believe in the 19th century idea that a vaccine that makes more of a 'take' (the signs you mention) produces a better immune reaction. Vaccines vary between the type (live is stronger) and between people on how much inflammation they produce. ...Read more

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Why do they alternate allergy shots in each arm ?

Why do they alternate allergy shots in each arm ?

No particular reason: Some offices alternate arms when only one shot is given each visit. Some switch arms when two or more injections are given per visit. At our office we do not alternate arms or we defer to patient preference. There is no data that i know of suggesting that alternating arms for immunotherapy either improves results or decreases adverse reactions. I'd like to hear our other experts' opinions. ...Read more

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Is it safe to administer your allergy shots without rubbing alcohol on arm bec it Don't hurt my arm when give them ?

Is it safe to administer your allergy shots without rubbing alcohol on arm bec it Don't hurt my arm when give them ?

Used to clean: Alcohol swabs are used to clean your skin before the shot is given to reduce the risk of infection. It has nothing to do with pain control. ...Read more

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I gave myself my allergy shots in each arm and forgot to use alcohol swab is that to not use them? It don't hurt really don't need them.

I gave myself my allergy shots in each arm and forgot to use alcohol swab is that to not use them? It don't hurt really don't need them.

Not recommended.: Since allergy shots can cause serious and even life-threatening reactions (since they contain things you are allergic to), it is best to get the shots at a doctor's office. The alcohol is meant to disinfect (not to numb it) the skin surface and you will to wait till it has dried . Again, I would strongly advise giving allergy shots to yourself. Is your allergist board-certified? ...Read more

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Can receiving 7 allergy shots for the first time cause a fever?

Can receiving 7 allergy shots for the first time cause a fever?

Unlikely: Allergy injections (allergen immunotherapy) can lead to allergic reactions but not fever. Another cause of the fever should be sought. Immunizations from other vaccines can be associated with fever. It is unclear why a person would receive 7 allergy shots unless they were at intervals of weekly dosing. ...Read more

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Can cortisone allergy shots cause male or female infertility?

Can cortisone allergy shots cause male or female infertility?

No: Cortisone injections do not cause infertility, but they can cause a variety of other effects that have negative health consequences, including bone loss, weight gain, increased blood pressure and blood sugar. This is why their use should be limited as much as possible. ...Read more

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