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Posted by Dave on February 12, 2000 at 19:23:50:

In Reply to: do allergy shots work? posted by whanna on February 10, 2000 at 17:23:43:

: i just got back from the allergist they did the skin test on me i reacted to all animals,pollens, weeds,mites you name it and i reacted,i just thought i had sinis trouble. please let me know if the shots do work

For most people, for a short duration, yes they work. IF you reach a maintenence dosage within two years, IF you don't take them for more than five years, they are an effective fight against allergies. Any more than that, you stand the risk of them actually making your allergies worse. Also, more than five years of increasing the strength and dosage of the serum puts you at ever increasing risk of having a bad reaction to the shots.

Another thing, this type of treatment gets really expensive over the long run. Make sure that you and your allergist set definite goals as to when the maintenence dosage is to be attained and to when a stopping date is to be reached.

My advice is to run as fast as you can from immunotherapy and allergists.

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