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It takes a long time for some folks to see benefit from allergy shots. Also, singulair doesn't work for me. That said, talk to your doctor about raising the dosage of your flovent and about the new drug for allergic asthma, Xolair.
Xolair requires you to qualify for its use with a blood-tested IgE level somewhere in the 'astronomical' range.

Also please make sure your insurance will cover the ~$10,000-$20,000 a year it costs to administer.
Xolair does not require "astronomical" IgE scores. There are people with scores around 100 who have been approved. Mine was 785 at last take.

Approval to get Xolair does require a history of recurring allergic asthma that is poorly controlled by inhaled corticosteroids (flovent, advair), allergy shots and other traditional therapies. The price is astronomical - $10,000 - $20,000 is a conservative figure. It's more like $18,000 - $36,000 dependent on dosage, so you do need to have health insurance, public or private, and be approved.
There are people out there with near-fatal asthma whose IgE scores are not high enough to qualify them for Xolair. This is why I use the word 'astronomical'.

I apologize for ballparking the medical figure. The point I was trying to make is that it is not typically given as a frontline drug simply because of the cost -- your insurance company would be buying you a new 2005 fully loaded Ford Mustang every year, or equivalent.
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Xolair does not require "astronomical" IgE scores. There are people with scores around 100 who have been approved. Mine was 785 at last take.

Approval to get Xolair does require a history of recurring allergic asthma that is poorly controlled by inhaled corticosteroids (flovent, advair), allergy shots and other traditional therapies. The price is astronomical - $10,000 - $20,000 is a conservative figure. It's more like $18,000 - $36,000 dependent on dosage, so you do need to have health insurance, public or private, and be approved.


I've even heard that people with IgE levels of 30 have been approved.

Heh, sorry, just my two cents.