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Red_34
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   Posted 7/9/2009 8:07 AM (GMT -6)   
I took my 13 year old daughter in for allergy testing yesterday.  What led to this was that she has always had a history of allergies but it wasn't until a few months ago that her allergies got so severe that her lymph nodes in her neck enlarged.  Her ENT doc put her on allergy medications (Allegra, Singulair and NasocortAQ).  The test revealed that she is allergic to trees, mold, grasses, weeds, cockroaches, dust, dustmites, cats and dogs.  So to help alleviate her allergies I agreed to submit her to allergy shots.  I am hoping that these shots will start working eventually and she will be able to get off the allergy medications - she's like a typical kid and it's like pulling teeth to get her to take her medications.  Is there anyone out there that can share their stories about allergy shots?  Good or bad?
 
We are in the process of making her bedroom a "safe" room.  I ordered mattress and pillow covers.  We removed her stuff animals, took down her curtains, and we are going to pull her carpet this weekend.  I also ordered an air purifier. 


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   Posted 7/9/2009 8:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Sherry, my husband has serious allergies to feathers and ragweed. When we were first married, fall was a nightmare. His hay fever kept getting worse and worse and I couldn't get him to go to an allergist. (MEN!) Finally, he had a severe asthma attack and I had to rush him in for a shot of epinephrine.

After that, I insisted he see an allergist. He started on allergy shots, and the following season he still had hay fever but it was tolerable. The second year he was fine during the season. He continued with the shots for about five years, then stopped them back in about 1982. Now he'll have some sneezing or nasal congestion when he's out in heavy pollen, but controls it with Allegra as needed.

So for him, the allergy shots were very successful.
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   Posted 7/9/2009 6:17 PM (GMT -6)   
That's great to hear Judy :) I am hoping, really hoping!, that my daughter responds well to allergy shots. The allergist told us that children have a higher success rate then adults because of their immune systems are still developing. So to hear an adult have success is even better to hear!
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   Posted 7/13/2009 7:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi exhalednitricoxide (wow, what a screen name!)...I seen you start posting here on Allergies/Asthma but I haven't had a chance to welcome you yet (been on vacation). My daughter doesn't have allergy related asthma but my son does. His is not severe though and it is usually under control with no or very little asthma medication. His is the coughing variety so when his allergies act up, his coughing can get quite bad and that is the time we need him to start on his meds.
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   Posted 7/13/2009 11:23 PM (GMT -6)   
My daughter tested highly allergic to all trees, grasses, weeds, mold, dust mites, cats and dogs when she was 9. She received twice weekly allergy shots for 1 year, then weekly shots for 2 years. Because my husband retired from the military, we were told we would have to take her to an outside allergist for continued treatment. She stopped the shots in November of 1992. Allergy season rolled around and I had not yet gotten her an appointment with a civilian allergist. She had NO symptoms that spring and summer! She remained symptom free for another 4, possibly 5 years.

Her allergy problems eventually returned but not to the extent they were prior to the shots. She now controls her allergies with Zyrtec and Beconase nasal spray. She only uses them about 6 months out of the year and the 2-3 weeks we have a Christmas tree inside.

Also, she has asthma associated with her allergies. She has had NO asthma attacks since beginning the shots and only occasionally needs a rescue inhaler for extreme exercising.
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   Posted 7/14/2009 10:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Ides, that is very encouraging to hear!
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   Posted 7/15/2009 7:38 PM (GMT -6)   
I tried allergy shots. You name it -I'm allergic to it. At the red bottle level (I think this was my second bottle), I started having reactions to the shots. skull After two Severe attacks my allergist said NO MORE! I'm now settled down to Advair 250/50 and go to 500/50 during bad eposodes (only two a year). Good luck.
 
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