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SUMMER 2019

ALLERGY
IMMUNOTHERAPY
Offers Patients a "Shot" at Long-term Relief

LAURA H. FISHER, MD,

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Lancaster Family Allergy

hen the school nurse signed my daughter's yearbook,
"See you next year," after the child's numerous trips
to her office in the springtime for itchy, swollen eyes,
I knew it was time for allergy shots. My daughter had
already tried numerous medications with minimal relief, and I did not
want her to go on to develop asthma or more allergies. I knew that allergy
shots would help to prevent those issues and give her respite from the
pollen that was making her miserable so that she could remain an active
outdoor girl and soccer player.
Allergy immunotherapy-the official term and a better way of discussing the therapy in front of 7-year-olds rather than allergy "shots"-is
very effective. It is a better long-term therapy for many patients and one
of the only treatments that modifies the immune system rather than
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