Allergy shots prevent asthma?
Has anyone else been told by their allergist that immunotherapy prevents asthma from developing?
I heard this during Dr. Zave Chad's talk at the Allergy Expo in Toronto, plus my own allergist told me today that I need to start my youngest child, Hannah, on allergy shots in order to prevent her reactive airways from developing into asthma.
I tried doing a search of the boards but couldn't find out if anyone had posted this info. If it's true, I think it would nudge some folks off the fence when they're undecided about whether to start their children on immunotherapy.
Dr. Chad says that in order for immunotherapy to work as an asthma preventer, the allergen needs to be well identified and any existing asthma needs to be well controlled (by removing or reducing exposure to the allergen).
At any rate, my sister has severe asthma and Hannah has already endured breathing treatments at the ER and been prescribed Ventolin and Flovent a number of times (but hasn't been officially diagnosed with asthma). Hannah will need weekly shots for her dust allergies for two to five years, but it will be so worth it to prevent her lungs from deteriorating like my sisters have. Anyone else feel that allergy shots prevented asthma from developing/getting worse?