Allergy shots and IBD?

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Date Joined Aug 2008
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   Posted 11/3/2008 11:15 AM (GMT -6)   

Hello everyone,

I'm a relatively new member on this forum but not new to problems we're all experiencing.  This is my first post of this kind and I'm excited that this place exists so we all can ask for advice and tap into this wealth of information.  My question is about allergies, allergy shots and IBD.  As a kid growing up I had really bad allergy related asthma.  I ended up on allergy shots for several years and  eventually my allergies and asthma went away.  This was 20+ years ago.  Now, my allergies are back big time.  I have been having allergy problems for couple of years and it seems that every year is worse than previous.  I'm considering allergy shots again and my doctor recommends them as they worked in the past and it is very likely they will work again.  But I'm not sure how they will affect my UC.

It seems that my UC has a seasonal component to it.  All my bad flares start in May/June and last till about November which correlates with the allergy season here in St. Louis.  So I'm hoping that allergy shots may improve my UC.  Have any of you had allergy shots and also have then improved or worsen your IBD? 

Dx: UC - Since Feb, 2003
Rx: Remicade, VSL#3DS

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Date Joined Mar 2003
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   Posted 11/3/2008 2:20 PM (GMT -6)   
The allergy shots shouldn't affect your UC one way or the other, although the decrease in stress from relieving the allergy symptoms could help you have fewer UC problems too. Good luck!
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Avascular necrosis in both shoulders is my "forever" gift from Entocort.
Colazal,  Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri. In remission since April, 2006.
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Date Joined Dec 2006
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   Posted 11/3/2008 6:31 PM (GMT -6)   
My GI doc has referred me to an allergist, due to a rash on my legs/neck that we thought was either UC or mesalamine related. The rash doesn't seem to be related to anything though. My doc thinks that since allergies are an auto-immune response, there might be a correlation between allergies and UC. I've had really bad allergies my whole life, and take allergy meds year-round. Let me know if you start the shots again, and how you are reacting to them.

Something to think about when you see your allergist is to get tested for any food allergies/intolerances along with the normal airborne stuff. Maybe you are allergic to something you eat regularly, and that is irritating your UC. Just a thought.
36 y.o. male
Diagnosed w/ moderate UC in May '06
Meds & supplements: Asacol, Florastor, VSL#3, Wellbutrin XL, Prozac, multi-vitamin, Allegra, Lialda, Colocort, Prednisone, flaxseed oil, L-glutamine.

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Date Joined Mar 2007
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   Posted 11/3/2008 7:56 PM (GMT -6)   
You might want to look into either Trichuris Suis Ova (TSO) i.e. pig whipworm egg therapy (google ovamed), or hookworm therapy (google autoimmune therapies hookworm). TSO completely cured me of seasonal hayfever as long as I took it. Unfortunately it only dampened my UC- it didn't give me full remission. Of course, insurance doesn't cover the use of worms or worm eggs for asthma but it seems that asthma responds very well to them, so I just thought I'd mention it.
Pancolitis 20 years ago, full med-free remission 10 years,
Flaring/simmering on and off ever since, allergic to all 5ASAs
10 20 17.5 15 12.5 10 mg 8 7.5 20 mg pred, 100 mg Imuran
Probiotics (Primal Defense and others), TSO, hookworm
Turmeric/circuminboswellia, fish oil, many vits/minerals
Lower-carb version of Specific Carb Diet (SCD), Remicade newbie

New Member

Date Joined Aug 2008
Total Posts : 4
   Posted 11/5/2008 11:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the info.  I will post updates here on how this goes.
Dx: UC - Since Feb, 2003
Rx: Remicade, VSL#3DS

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