Monday, October 02, 2006

Allergy Shots

I started doing some research about allergy shots and came across this passage:

"Immunotherapy may be especially effective if you're allergic to cat dander, dust mites or pollen produced by trees, grass and weeds. In children, immunotherapy may help prevent the development of asthma."

From the Mayo Clinic

Reading this made me want to cry. Especially considering the doctor told me that if I had started allergy shots 10 years ago, I may have been able to prevent ever getting asthma.

History for anyone that doesn't already know...I acquired Asthma 4 years ago after I moved to DC one spring morning when I was suffering from my hay fever symptoms. In all the years that I've been on an inhaler, never once did my pulmoniary doctor suggest going to an allergy specialist. I guess he wouldn't make as much money if I had no need to see him.

If you know anyone that has themselves, or has children that have allergies. Strongly emphasize the importance of seeing an allergy specialist early.


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