7 doctors weighed in:
Is the immunotherapy a risky thing to do?
7 doctors weighed in

Dr. Michael Palumbo
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
4 doctors agree
In brief: Benefit >risk
Immunotherapy can be risky in some settings.
When done right by a board certified allergist in a controlled setting with a gradual build up risks are rare. Reactions can always occur as you are being injected with something to which you are allergic. That is why all shots are given in a doctors office with a doctor on site and all patients must wait 30 minutes after their injections.

In brief: Benefit >risk
Immunotherapy can be risky in some settings.
When done right by a board certified allergist in a controlled setting with a gradual build up risks are rare. Reactions can always occur as you are being injected with something to which you are allergic. That is why all shots are given in a doctors office with a doctor on site and all patients must wait 30 minutes after their injections.
Dr. Michael Palumbo
Dr. Michael Palumbo
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Dr. Corey Clay
The greatest associated risk exists for those with uncontrolled asthma, history of anaphylaxis and in patients taking beta blockers and/or ace inhibitors.
Dr. Steven Machtinger
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
3 doctors agree
In brief: There are risks
Immunotherapy has risks.
Don't see a doctor who recommends & assures you that it's risk-free. You're injected with the stuff that makes you sick. Over time you develop tolerance. Reactions vary from mild redness & itching at the injection site (common) to hives or anaphylaxis (~1 in 1000 injections). Risk is greater if you have asthma. Competent nursing staff & waiting 30 minutes after help a lot.

In brief: There are risks
Immunotherapy has risks.
Don't see a doctor who recommends & assures you that it's risk-free. You're injected with the stuff that makes you sick. Over time you develop tolerance. Reactions vary from mild redness & itching at the injection site (common) to hives or anaphylaxis (~1 in 1000 injections). Risk is greater if you have asthma. Competent nursing staff & waiting 30 minutes after help a lot.
Dr. Steven Machtinger
Dr. Steven Machtinger
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