On allergy shots
16
October

By Adem Lewis / in , , , , , , /


14 year old Michael Costa
may have found a remedy far more effective than anything
he could buy at a drugstore. Michael’s tree pollen allergy
once kept him confined to his house for most of the allergy season. There would be days where my dad
would just have to drive. Drive me on my paper route. To have the air conditioner
blow on my face and it’s. It’s it was tough. But last year Michael began receiving
the most powerful long-term treatment an allergy sufferer can get. Allergy shots. Every week Michael receives
an injection of a very small dose of pollen allergen. The dose is so small that it does not
create an allergic reaction. Over three to five years the shots
sensitize the immune system. In effect teaching it
that the substance is not a dangerous invader. For Michael. The shots have had
a dramatic effect. I wouldn’t be able to be
delivering the papers if I didn’t have the shots. Michael Costa’s father is also
undergoing desensitization shots. He’s allergic to bee stings. So allergic that the next time
he is stung he can go into anaphylactic shock. Michael Costa is now
on venom desensitization. Tolerating his shots very well. And he is effectively protected. After five years of treatment
he will be effectively cured. In addition to Michael’s father. His brother Kevin is also
getting allergy shots. The shots require
a long-term commitment and they aren’t always
completely effective. But they can offer what
every allergy sufferer craves… …the possibility of a cure.


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