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The Informed Parent

What’s Up Doc?

by John H. Samson, M.D., F.A.A.P.
Published on Dec. 23, 2013

Allergen-specific Immunotherapy For Pediatric Asthma And Rhinoconjunctivitis: A Systematic Review

Julia M. Kim, MD, MPH, Sandra Y. Lin, MD, Catalina Suarez-Cuervo, MD, Yohalakshmi Chelladurai, MBBS, MPH, Murugappan Ramanathan, MD, Jodi B. Segal, MD, MPH, and Nkiruka Erekosima, MD, MPH; PEDIATRICS, Vol. 131, Nu. 6, June 2013, pg. 1155

Do allergy shots work to control asthma or allergic rhinitis? This is a question I am asked frequently. This article shows both allergy shots and sublingual desensitization are effective.

Here is a fresh look at this old question. It is a comprehensive evaluation which concludes that allergy shots are no more beneficial than sublingual format. In fact, the sublingual route may be more effective. (The jury is not back on that yet.)

Let me know if you find the WHAT’S UP, DOC? articles to be helpful to your parenting decisions. 

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