What is Allergy Shots?

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Allergy shots, also called "immunotherapy," are given to increase tolerance to the substances (allergens) that provoke allergy symptoms. They usually are recommended for people who suffer from severe allergies or for those who have allergy symptoms more than 3 months each year.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
General health 3 1
Support immune health 2 0
Allergic rhinitis 1 0
Chronic idiopathic hives 1 0
Diagnostic assessment 1 0

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 3
Moderate 1
Mild 4
None 10

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Allergy Shots

Side effect Patients
Rashes (redness, swelling) 2
Burning sensation in skin 1
Entire body itching after injection 1
Injection site itching 1
Insomnia 1
Loss of energy 1

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Dosages

Based on patients currently having Allergy Shots

Dosage Patients
every other week 2
weekly 2
every 3 weeks 1
monthly 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 12
Usually 6
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 3
Somewhat hard to take 6
A little hard to take 3
Not at all hard to take 6
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 1
$50-99 2
$25-49 1
< $25 5
Not specified 9
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1 patient evaluation for Allergy Shots

Dec 31, 2009 (Started Jul 16, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: Weekly
Cost: < $25 monthly

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