Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Thinking About Allergy Shots!

Hello, it's been awhile since my last post and I'm excited to get started back to blogging about our life with allergies! I've been checking out research on immunotherapy shots, otherwise, known as allergy shots. My son has allergies not only to dairy, eggs, and shrimp, but also, a mix of grasses, dogs, and cats. At his last appointment with the allergist, she stated that he was a good candidate for the shots. The requirements are; be mature enough to handle getting the shots. This is usually around 5 or 6 years old, but can be older. They determine maturity with how the child/person handles the allergy test. If they can administer the test with little to no crying than chances are they are ready for the shots. Other things they look for are when the allergies are not responding well to medications. For a great article, written by the Mayo Clinic staff, on the different medications used to treat allergies and their side effects click here. Anyway, looking at all the research out there about the shots, I think we are,definitely, deciding in favor of them for our son. The short term risks are low, to include a mild reaction to an anaphalatic one, and so far I have not found any long term side effects, that anyone is talking about. One other deciding factor for me is that I had allergy shots for several years as a child. My mom said that after taking them for a little while I went from the middle reading group, at school, to the highest reading group. I remember taking the shots and after the first little while, they weren't a problem for me. Enough said. If you are thinking about allergy shots for you or someone you care for make a list of the pros and cons and do your research!