Alternatives to allergy shots?

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percycat
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   Posted 11/1/2010 4:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Anyone tried any of the alternatives to allergy shots?  The one time I tried shots, I got what I think was a "late phase reaction": 3-4 hours after, I got these waves of chest tightness and breathlessness (same thing happened with the initial intradermal testing).  They went on for almost 3 days, and it was scary.  I could stop them with Benadryl, but once it wore off, they came right back.  And I went to the ER, but they resisted giving me steroids - until the THIRD time I went.  Bah!
 
Anyhow, I've read about these other treatments like NAET and SLIT and wondered if anyone here has any experience with them.  Or is anybody on long term steroids to control allergies?  It's scary that so far, that's the only treatment that helps every time I have an attack.
 
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   Posted 11/2/2010 3:01 PM (GMT -7)   
No, I'd like to know too. I'm allergic to allergy shots too. Less than 15 mins after the shot I'm wheezing.
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Alcie
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   Posted 11/2/2010 5:12 PM (GMT -7)   
It sounds like they started you on too high a dose. That happened to me. I called right away and they gave me a much lower dose to restart with. I never did get very high (you stop when you get to the max dose you tolerate), but the shots are working because I don't have allergy symptoms now.
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percycat
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   Posted 11/3/2010 1:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Alcie, you're probably right. I think I'm struggling more with new food allergies now, though, and as I understand it, the shots don't work for those (nor for mold either, another of my bad triggers).

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   Posted 11/3/2010 4:10 PM (GMT -7)   
They started me on the lowest dose possible and worked me up slowly. I was into the third vial when I started wheezing after every shot.
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pray4relief
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   Posted 11/3/2010 5:50 PM (GMT -7)   
I used to get allergy shots (1-1/2 years worth) then moved away. Now I need them again and am looking at Sublingual drops - SLIT (I think?). I have MS and am trying to determine if I should start up on shots again, after reacting to my Copaxone injections.
 
Regarding your shots, If there's any wheezing or rash reaction to the injections, the body's immune system is putting the body on alert and it should listen closely. I've had the same reaction to IV drips and antibiotics - they're now on my ALLERGIC List and noted as such at all my doctor's offices and pharmacies that I use.
 
I've been trying to search this forum for any info regarding it SLIT. The most I've been able to determine through my research is that one's mouth can react w/itching/hives due to reaction. Also, It's the method of choice in Europe for Allergy treatment - hmmm, is that good or bad, though?   smilewinkgrin
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

pray4relief
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   Posted 11/3/2010 5:59 PM (GMT -7)   
One more thing...
If you think you have food allergies, I'd highly recommened having a RAST blood test done and then following the protocol afterwards. I had one done a couple years ago and it was the best thing I could have done for my allergies! It revealed foods that I already knew and many I had no idea that I was allergic to (and to what proportion). It described how to phase them back into my diet, but I've been a realist and kept most of them out, and it's helped with many of my symptoms. Now I'm finding that my son has a lot of the same allergies, which I suspected for years...how do you tell your 12-year old no more cheese or breads? (yeast & mold allegies) :-)
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