Can Allergy Shots make your symptoms worse?

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jennybobizzle
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   Posted 10/2/2014 6:24 PM (GMT -6)   
I saw a similar thread to this one that was kind of old so I wanted a fresher response if anybody had one.

Back in May, I developed allergies out of nowhere to cats (i have 2), dogs (being the worst reaction), pollen, and molds. I started taking allergy shots in late August. I'm on my 6th week (2nd round of vials) and my symptoms feel amplified. My lungs sound like they have poprocks in them ALL the time, I now wheeze at night when I lie down for bed. The only OTC medication that seems to work is Mucinex DM (and not all the time). I have head congestion too but it doesn't bother me. My most aggravating symptoms are in my lungs. I found out the ProAir inhaler does very well for the wheezing at night but it's only good for 4 hours before I wake up at 3:00 every morning and need it again. When I'm upright (walking), my lungs actually feel ok (just a smidgeon of crackling). When I lie down, it's the worst, making it very difficult to sleep. The wheezing started around the time my 2nd vial started...just can't remember the exact date so I'm not sure if they're truly related.

Hence my question....can allergy shots worsen your symptoms or amplify them? These things are expensive and I don't want to waste my money. I know people are saying to get rid of my cats, but I just can't do it. Just the thought alone breaks my heart. I want to fight this mess...and WIN.

Alcie
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   Posted 10/2/2014 7:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jenny. Welcome to the forum. To start, I'm no doctor. We are all patients, so don't take any opinions here for medical advice.

Your lungs should NOT be making that sound. Are you seeing a doctor for it? I would suggest asking him about the OTC meds you are taking. They are real medicine. You may be doing damage rather than helping the condition. I avoid DM is any meds. I do like regular Mucinex 12-hour.

Allergy shots should not make your symptoms worse. Sometimes we can get a reaction to them if the dose is too strong, but I only know of local skin reactions. Definitely call your doctor and ask! Tell him about the lung crackling too. It's important.

You can develop new allergies at any time, but again, I'm no doctor. I added grass only a couple of years ago. My allergist added grass to my shots and that was that. Your allergist is now supposed to re-do testing every three years, at least in my state. Maybe a new set of skin tests would answer some of your questions.

Best wishes, and keep in touch.

jennybobizzle
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   Posted 10/2/2014 8:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Alcie. Thanks for the response. The crackling in my lungs has been there from the start. It's a buildup of mucus/phlegm to an allergen...probably the cat hair. The doc and allergist are aware of my symptoms. They didn't seem concerned. Was just curious if anybody had side effects from the shots. I take one in each arm 3 times a week. Next dose of 0.4ml is tomorrow.

Alcie
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   Posted 10/3/2014 4:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Have you seen a pulmonologist?
Did your doctors use any words like crepitans? fluid buildup from heart failure, pulmonary fibrosis, or COPD?

Yes, there can be side effects from the shots. Maybe your allergist can shed some light on whether they can worsen breathing symptoms.

I asked my allergist what they mixed the allergen with. I am allergic/sensitive to gelatin, which is often used to suspend vaccines. My allergist uses only water.

jennybobizzle
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   Posted 10/3/2014 5:16 PM (GMT -6)   
No, haven't seen a pulmonologist. Like I said, my doc nor allergist seemed concerned. They attributed it to my allergies cuz they scored pretty severe on the animal and pollen allergens. (After the test, it took two different medicines to soothe the itching from the test.) I feel pretty good today, little to almost no crackling. I need to do better about cleaning my house and keeping the cat hair/dander to a minimum.

Alcie
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   Posted 10/3/2014 7:32 PM (GMT -6)   
If you have forced air heat and AC you can get a better filter put in. I have a box on the cold air return that takes a 4 inch thick filter. I also have a new motor on my furnace that has 2 speeds. The low speed runs all the time, so the air is constantly filtered and heat constantly circulated. The low speed only takes the electricity of a 100 watt light bulb, well worth the benefit of almost never having to dust! The filters are about $35, but I only need to change them 3 times a year.

I hope as you build up on the shots that they start helping.

You might also check your detergents, soaps, shampoos, skin and hair products. I get itchy from just about anything with the slightest fragrance. I double rinse all my laundry.

Do you have a humidifier? Change the belt or filter monthly. Clean all the parts you can reach.
Squeegee down the shower after every use to help keep mold to a minimum. Lots of air movement helps too.

There's probably some website with prevention ideas, or stick some keywords in the search box at the top of the page.

Best wishes!

Joan M
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   Posted 10/22/2014 10:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes, if you are given too much serum of the stuff you are allergic to...you can have a very bad reaction. I had a episode of swelling of the neck and shaking back and forth.

I would think maybe you could find a new home for the doggie and cat...where you have visiting privileges and also you must be super clean. I know it is a drag.

best of luck

Sally Walker
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   Posted 10/23/2014 12:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes, specially if you have an allergic reaction to allergy shots.
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