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Old 08-10-2010, 05:28 PM   #1
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allergy 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. I use nasonex and anti histamines as well as asthma treatment and preventivies, dust mite bedding, quarterization of the nose,etc but seems to be worse than ever now.

 
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Re: allergy shot therapy

The vast majority of the posters here are from the US. Not sure which country you are from but we do have some from other parts of the world. Perhaps one will come along shortly and help you. Just didn't want you to think we were ignoring you.

 
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Old 08-10-2010, 08:39 PM   #3
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Re: allergy shot therapy

A few years back, I read that self-administered oral allergy treatment was available in the UK.

I was bummed that we didn't have it in the states. The reason given was that if a person had a reaction to the serum (at home), he may not be able to administer epinephrine to himself in time.

Sounds like a weak reason to me. Can't breathe? Grab the epi-pen. Problem solved, yes?

I don't know the protocall of your health system in the UK, but ask around and see if you can score any info on the oral treatment.

Good luck!

 
Old 08-11-2010, 09:37 AM   #4
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Re: allergy shot therapy

Thanks, I appreciate the advice

As far as I have been able to discover oral desensitization was previouslly available in the UK but is no longer. I think it is possible through private hospitals if you are able to fork out thousands of pounds but I havn't as yet been able to find a cheaper allergy specialist that can offer this, or self administered oral tablets would be absolutely perfect!! I have shopped around for this and cant find anything (even from indian online pharmacies which seem to be able to ship almost anything anywhere)

 
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Re: allergy shot therapy

Well, Bien, you've obviously never experienced anaphalaxis! It's not that simple.
And OP, the sublingual drops are not that available because they don't seem to work on a lot of folks. From what I hear, lots of insurance companies here in the US don't cover them either - our Medicare used to be one - assume it still is.

 
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Re: allergy shot therapy

"Well, Bien, you've obviously never experienced anaphalaxis! It's not that simple."

Actually, I've experienced it twice.

Not from allergy shots, but from bee stings and my epi-pen saved the day.

Does one experience a different type of anaphalaxis from allergy shots?

 
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Re: allergy shot therapy

Some reactions with some people are faster than others. Having had an anaphalatic reaction to a penicillin shot, I can say that had I not still been at the doctor's office I doubt I would have gotten to the epi pen in time.

 
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