How can allergy shots and antihistamine help reduce the symtoms of pollen allergies?

Changes Immune Sy. Allergy vaccine therapy works by changing the way in which one's body sees an allergen. Instead of seeing the pollen as an allergen with allergy vaccine therapy - through a whole host of complex immunologic changes -- allows the body not to see pollen as an allergen.

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Can you have pollen allergy shots during pollen allergy season? Or is having the shots on top of high pollen counts outside too much for your body?

Can be done. Allergy shots during your problem season can definitely put you at risk for more severe reactions but the risk is minimal and continuing immunotherapy is recommended even during high pollen counts. Talk to your Allergist for more details about risks/benefits. Read more...

How many months does allergy shots (dust, pollen, grass, weed) generally take to take effect on average? 3 or 6 or 12 months? (Approximately)

By 12 months. Depending on the schedule but nearly all should have responded by 12 months (some as early as 3 months). If you still have had no response, then you will need to review your environmental control measures (dust mite, pet , mold etc) . If these have been completed and you have derived no benefit by 12 months, the situation needs to be reassessed. Read more...

Is there any preventive measures to avoid pollen allergy besides allergy shots?

Allergic rhinitis. Staying inside the house during pollen season seems like the best answer. But that's not practical. So , in addition to wearing a mask, do not forget to clean your outer clothes, accessories and shoes before getting back in your house to prevent pollen from being trapped inside the house. Taking a shower will help remove pollen adhering to your skin. Antihistamines plus nasal steroids will help. Read more...

Have you had success with alternative allergy treatments instead of antihistamines and allergy shots?

Natural . Consider saline nasal rises such as neilmed that you can get at any pharmacy without a prescription to remove nasal allergies but also using a otc med such as naph con a. Read more...

Allergy shots or antihistamine pills which works better?

Allergy shots. antihistamines only cover up symptoms and don't cure anything. Allergy shots treat the cause and that is why with successful immunotherapy you can get rid of antihistames. One complication of nasal allergy treated symptomatically is development of asthma. On the other hand if you treat the cause you prevent complications . Read more...

Allergy shots. They work I feel better. Except when pollen is real bad. If it doesn't work for high pollen will making shot stronger help or more often.

Probably. Although allergy shot has a success rate of >80%, a good portion of the patients need still need to take medication. Increasing the dose pre- but not during the season may help. A few patients may need a reduction in allergen dose during the peak pollen season. Have you asked your doctor to give you a nasal steroid-antihistamine combination ? Oral steroid not indicated. See b/c allergist. Read more...

I have asthma...usually is triggered by dust. Antihistamine help a little but it is good idea to take allergy shots and where can get the shots?

Bronchodylators. Better to use inhaled bronchodylators (beta 2 agonists) and anti-inflammatory meds (steroids). Allergy shots do not work very well for asthma. An internal medicine doctor should be able to take care of your problem. Read more...