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Allergy shots or immunotherapy has alleviated symptoms from grass-pollen allergy in patients years after they stopped taking the treatment. This means that they may have had a permanent reduction in the severity of their symptoms. Immunotherapy involves giving increasingly larger doses of the allergen in order to decrease the response. This mean the shots may be useful as a preventative treatment for allergic reactions to such things as grass pollen, house dust mites, wasp and bee venom. Researchers believe that starting immunotherapy as soon as allergy symptoms start may prevent the allergy becoming more severe. The downside of the allergy shots is that patients may develop local or systemic reactions which may need treatment.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by About Allergies
About: Allergy symptom reduction lasts long after immunotherapy treatment stops
Date: 25 November 2004
Source: About Allergies
Author: Judy Tidwell
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