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Can Allergy Shots Help With My Allergic Asthma?

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I have allergic asthma to cats. I try avoiding cats, but it is difficult because so many friends and colleagues have cats. I’ve been considering allergy shots. Would this help improve my asthma symptoms?

Allergy shots (immunotherapy) can be an effective treatment. It can help control symptoms of allergic rhinitis and allergic asthma. Treatment sets are prepared based on:

  • Clinical history
  • Results of allergy testing

They are typically prescribed for patients who have not effectively controlled their symptoms. This includes using:

This is a big commitment of time. Allergy immunotherapy can be effective for allergic asthma. It can also help improve the patient’s quality of life. These injections need to be done in a medical office. They'll need to be equipped to manage reactions such as anaphylaxis.

Allergy, Asthma, Immunotherapy, Pet Allergy
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John M. James, MD, is a board-certified allergist. He is also President of Food Allergy Consulting and Education Services, LLC. He has worked as a medical specialist in the field of allergy, asthma, and immunology for over 30 years. Dr. James received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas and his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Tennessee. He is board certified by the American Board of Allergy and Immunology.

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