Tag Archives: allergy shots

IS RESPONSE TO ALLERGY IMMUNOTHERAPY PREDICTABLE?

FCAAIA Notes: Allergen immunotherapy (IT) is the only disease-modifying treatment and thus the only potential cure for allergies. People respond at different rates to different extents, but it is a highly effective treatment. For IT to be helpful, you need … Continue reading

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ALLERGEN IMMUNOTHERAPY: AN UPDATED REVIEW OF SAFETY

FCAAIA Notes: The four broad categories of treatment for allergic rhinitis are avoidance of triggers, symptom reliever (rescue) medications, controller (preventive) medications, and allergen immunotherapy.  Only immunotherapy can “cure” the disease by changing the way your immune system recognizes and … Continue reading

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SYSTEMIC REACTIONS UNCOMMON WITH SCIT

FCAAIA Notes: I have posted many articles on the safety and efficacy of allergy shots.  This report confirms that allergy shots are a very safe treatment.  However, it also addresses the risk of systemic allergic reactions to sublingual (under the … Continue reading

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ODACTRA FIRST SUBLINGUAL THERAPY OK’D FOR HOUSE DUST MITE ALLERGY

FCAAIA Notes: Sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) tablets are already FDA approved for grass and ragweed. Personally, I have not found that they have a great role in the care of patients here in southwestern Connecticut. There are few patients so allergic to … Continue reading

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UPDATES IN THE MANAGEMENT OF SEASONAL ALLERGIC RHINITIS

FCAAIA Notes: Everyone with allergies should make an attempt to decrease exposure to his or her triggers.  Everyone should try to find an effective symptom reliever to use as needed.  Everyone with moderate symptoms should use daily controller mediations. And, … Continue reading

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IMMUNOTHERAPY IN ALLERGIC RHINITIS AND LOWER AIRWAY OUTCOMES

FCAAIA Notes: I have written about the upper-lower airway connection in this blog many times.  Most young people with asthma have allergies and 20-60% of those with allergies will develop asthma.  The two conditions can be thought of as the … Continue reading

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STUDY INVESTIGATES THE EFFECTIVENESS OF ALLERGY IMMUNOTHERAPY TO PREVENT ASTHMA IN ALLERGIC RHINITIS

FCAAIA Notes: For all intents and purposes, one can usually consider allergic rhinitis and asthma as the same disease affecting different ends of the same airway. I frequently refer to the combination as “allergic airway disease”.  The conditions have the … Continue reading

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INADEQUATE HEALTH INSURANCE LEADS TO DISCONTINUATION OF SCIT

FCAAIA Notes: There are only 2 proven and natural cures for airway allergy: Avoidance of the allergens and allergy shots. As effective as injections are, we recognize they are an inconvenience.  Studies from many years ago show that in the … Continue reading

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EVIDENCE DOES NOT SUPPORT USING SLIT TO TREAT SARC

FCAAIA Notes: Sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) in which melt-away tablets are placed under the tongue is an attractive idea because of its convenience.  In the United States, SLIT has only been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for grass … Continue reading

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PEOPLE DON’T USUALLY COMPLETE ALLERGY SHOTS OR DROPS

FCAAIA Notes: Guidelines for allergy shots recommend that patients stay on injections for about 5 years and then discuss the potential risks and benefits of stopping or continuing.  When patients start allergy shots in our offices, they come in every … Continue reading

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