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Old 04-16-2010, 07:02 PM   #1
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What's your experience with shot therapy?

Hi everyone! I am new to this. My 8yr old has just been diagnosed with severe yr-round allergies, and some moderate-severe food allergies. Allergy shot therapy is in our future. My husband is ready to do it, but I am not convinced it's necessary and will be trying a gluten-free, natural diet before shot therapy. I wondered about your experience with the allergy shots?

 
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Re: What's your experience with shot therapy?

For environmental allergies (pollens, dust mites, etc - not food allergies) they worked great for me. Keep in mind that this is a long process (standard is 5 years) so it takes dedication. I've done them 3 times in my life (teens, 30's, 50's) as they are not a cure and can wear off over time. I hope I live long enough to need them again!

 
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Re: What's your experience with shot therapy?

They have done wonders for me. I'm on my second go-round in my life. Prior to starting my current therapy a couple years ago, I was on 4 allergy meds daily. I'm down to two at this point and one of those if really taken for my asthma.

If you are looking to a total holistic approach for your son, I have a friend who took her children to see a NAET practitioner who was able to treat their allergies naturally.

 
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Starting about 10 years ago, I would have severe allergies (developing into severe bronchitis and pneumonia almost every year) to blooming junipers in March. Took allergy shots for about 3 years and now all that I have to do is take a single Zertec tablet once a day starting about February 15th until about April 1st and I am clear the rest of the year without medicine.

I believe that had I stuck it out for another year or two, I wouldnít even have to take any allergy meds.

Iíve heard that allergy serum can be self-administered orally in the UK (?), donít know if that is stateside, yet. If so, it would be a tremendous improvement over taking time each week to go get those shots. I know that Iíd take them longer if I could self-administer.

They are a pain, but they work. Good luck!

 
Old 04-23-2010, 09:54 AM   #5
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I have heard they work wonders for a lot of people. They arent a cure-all, but they help.
I started mine, it was 3 viles, about 2 months for each vile. I had SEVERE allergies, and anaphylactic reactions. When they gave me my allergy test, they stopped halfway through, becasue the reaction was too bad.
I got through the first vile fine, and hadnt had reactions, sniffles or anything, and i felt great for the first time in a long time. And i live in a high allergy, windy place. I cant move, becasue im in the military. But like i said, i was feeling great. WHen I started my second vile, about 8 hours after the shot i would develop a migraine, and it would stay until the end of the next day. I couldnt think, open my eyes, i was sooo tired, falling asleep everywhere. Then the day after, i would be backk to normal. And this happened, after every shot, i took 3 from that vile before i stopped them. I went to my doctor and he said that has never happened that he knows of. He talked to some people wilford hall, and a few other qualified people from different states.
He then told me i couldn't do the shots anymore. Becasue I have anaphylactic reactions, my brain was reacting. WHen you get an anaphylactic reaction, your organ strain, tense, or sometimes shut down. THe most common is the throat/tongue area, or the lungs. It is also know to shut down the liver or kidneys. He said My brain was tensing and thats why it took 8 hours to start, and I felt weak and tired. He said if i continued, i would surely die. and in those words, hes not very sensitive.
Just thought id let you in on my experience. I am a very rare case, but i know if it were my son (I have a 4-year old) I would want all the information, and all the possible effects.
Like I said earlier, these shots have an extremely high affective rate, and change the lives of a lot of people with allergies, but you should know, as with anything else, they have some failure rates, so look into all the details.


Good Luck, and I hope everything works out.

 
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Re: What's your experience with shot therapy?

I was counting on these shots, but 5 months into them (and I wasn't even getting shots for everything I was allergic to yet!), I had severe anaphylactic shock and ended up in the emergency room. I was off work for three days, and it started a horrible cycle of vertigo "flare ups" that went on for months. I stopped the shots. I am still upset that I couldn't continue them, because I was desperate for something to help my allergies.

I wish that the doctors/nurses where I got the shots had listened to me when I told them that I tend to be a VERY SENSITIVE person when it comes to pretty much everything! I think that if they had increased my doses more slowly than the average person perhaps it wouldn't have happened.

The scary thing is that it happend 5 months into treatment (and they hadn't even started me on grass/trees yet!), and when I asked why it would suddenly happen, their only response was that it can happen anytime during treatment for no particular reason whatsoever. Not very comforting.

 
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Re: What's your experience with shot therapy?

Are you in the hands of a GOOD allergist? If you need those injections, please do not stop them because they have been a life saver for me. A dr. misdiagnosed me and took me off them and has cost me close to three years of my life.

 
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Re: What's your experience with shot therapy?

Does anyone know where is a good place to have allergy shot therapy? I live in bournemouth and my doctor says it is no longer available on the NHS, I have a severe dust mite allergy which causes asthma, rhinitus and continual streaming of the eys.

 
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Did you try to Google allergists in your area?

 
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