Daughter wants to stop allergy shots?

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Red_34
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   Posted 7/5/2011 5:48 PM (GMT -6)   
My 15 year old daughter has been getting allergy injections for almost 2 years. She is getting tired of going in and being poked every 2 weeks (not that I blame her!). She has really bad allergies and what lead to allergy testing in the first place was that she had a lymph node on her jaw line swell up to 2cm's due to allergies. We had the allergy testing and found out that she is allergic to a great number of things.

She has told me that since she is feeling better allergy wise, except for occasional sneezing, that she will start on allergy medications again. She has been med free for about a year or so with random doses here or there. She just wants to stop getting poked.

Is this a wise idea or no? Good or bad stories - I want to know.
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   Posted 7/6/2011 8:01 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't think it's a wise idea. Can she get the shots every three weeks?
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   Posted 7/6/2011 9:30 PM (GMT -6)   
do the allergy shots really help.I also hate to get poked but I am 42 and she is only 15 so I think I have had some time to get used to it plus I was getting poked all the time in icu.I have bad allergies to grass and dust and the doctor has ordered me shots...he did not give me details....is it every two weeks for life?
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   Posted 7/6/2011 9:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Make an appointment with her allergy doctor and have your daughter speak up
as to how she feels, maybe a better compromise could come of that. She
is almost of age where she will have to make decisions on her own and I
think it's time she voice her opinions to her doctor and then you work from there
rather than making her go, as that will frustrate the heck out of both of you..
Hope this makes sense...
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Red_34
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   Posted 7/6/2011 9:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the replies. I don't want her to stop the allergy shots, but like Char said, she is almost of age to voice her own opinion as to what is happening to her body.

Good idea about making an appt with her ENT doc. I was thinking of that btw.
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   Posted 7/6/2011 10:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Actually, after two years she may be pretty much desensitized and might do okay off the shots. My husband took shots for ragweed and other weeds for about three years, and then went about 15 years with only occasional oral medication. Hope it works out for her.
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Alcie
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   Posted 7/7/2011 8:11 PM (GMT -6)   
My shots are weekly, for life, I think.

When I was a little kid my mom gave me and my brother allergy shots, for a couple of years, I think. (This was way back in the day of boiling and sharpening the one needle.) When we stopped we had few problems for a long time. Now in my 60s I need them again, but probably different ones. This spring I had to add grass which I had not needed for the last couple of years.

If the problem is partly the pain, see about getting a smaller, shorter needle. I have fibromyalgia and even the smallest hurt, no matter where they are injected. If going to the office is the issue, my husband does the job on Sundays. If he forgets and goes off to work I give myself the shots in my thighs. You might see about getting certified to do the shots at home. If pharmacists can give shots, why not moms? Diabetics give their own insulin.

Talk to the allergist about the alternatives.
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   Posted 7/7/2011 9:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I think it's the whole thing to be honest. We go to the docs office, wait to be called in for the nurse, she gets the shot (with the smallest needle), then out in the waiting room we go for about 10-15 minutes to be sure she doesn't have an allergic reaction, she then has to go back to the nurses station to have her site checked and then we can go. All in all it takes about an hour sometimes longer depending on how busy they are. I already asked about doing them at home and they said no, that it has to be on a site that has a doc available in case of allergic reactions.
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   Posted 7/8/2011 12:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I'd talk to the allergist, with daughter present. Ask what would happen if she stops. If she insists, and doc says ok, let her stop. Maybe there won't be any bad allergy symptoms, at least for a while. If she suffers badly she may decide the shots are worth the time and the sticks.

I didn't have bad enough symptoms to want shots when I was a teenager, but now I'm happy to be back on the shots, able to breathe at night, not have the nasty drippy nose ....

Let her have the feeling of having some control. If things get bad she needs to know she can come back and feel better. She's lucky she doesn't have to have weekly shots like I do. 3 of them for now!
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