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PostPosted: Tue Aug 06, 2013 8:18 pm 
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Many people with this type of allergy don't know they can do something about it, according to the article, published in the August issue of the journal Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.

"While it does not always cure insect-sting allergy, venom immunotherapy, a form of allergy shots, can almost always prevent severe reactions to stings," report author Dr. David Golden said in a news release from the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. "It usually provides long-lasting immunity even after the treatment is stopped."

Even 10 to 20 years after having an allergic reaction from an insect sting, the chance of having another reaction remains significant.

Venom immunotherapy doesn't completely eliminate the risk of an allergic reaction to insect stings, but reactions that do occur are usually mild and there is a less than a 2 percent chance of a severe reaction while on treatment, Golden said.

Protection takes effect as soon as the full dose is reached, usually within two to three months of treatment. As with other forms of allergy shots, the recommended duration of venom immunotherapy is three to five years.


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