Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Allergy Shots Are Time-Consuming but Effective for Most

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Allergy Shots Are Time-Consuming but Effective for Most

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Dear Doctor K: I'm plagued by seasonal allergies. Should I consider immunotherapy?

Dear Reader: Many people know all too well the misery of allergies -- the sneezing, runny nose, postnasal drip, watery eyes and itchy throat. They try to fight back with allergy medications. But immunotherapy, also known as allergy shots, may be a better option.

I spoke to my colleague Paul Hesterberg, an instructor in medicine in the allergy and clinical immunology unit at Harvard- affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital. He noted that people often resist allergy shots because they fear injections and turn to them only as a last resort.

But the shots can be an effective way to control symptoms that interfere with daily life. …

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