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If you are considering using Xolair injections, then it is likely you have questions. The good news is that you can get all the answers you need by contacting Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Medical Group at 805-658-9500 and making an appointment to come to our office. In the meantime, you can keep reading to get answers to some of the questions you might have about this option.
It is for people who suffer from chronic hives (idiopathic urticaria) for more than six weeks, who have not found relief from antihistamines, or who have had severe allergic asthma from perennial airborne allergens. It is approved by the FDA for use by both children and adults.
When a person has allergies, it means that their body is creating an excess of IgE protein antibody. Too much of this causes the symptoms a person with allergies experiences. Xolair actually binds to the IgE proteins in the bloodstream. This prevents it from then acting upon your immune system to cause the allergic reaction that causes issues.
When you work with Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Medical Group, we will begin by having one of our doctors provide a thorough assessment. If they decide that you are a good candidate for this treatment, then you can start it right in our office. We will complete the necessary blood tests and body weight information to find the right dosage for your needs.
It depends on your particular case. Some people receive injections in their upper arm every other week, while some only get them once per month. After you have been getting injections for a few months, you should begin to experience a reduction in symptoms. This reduction will continue as long as you continue to get injections. If you stop for any reason, you can expect the effects to wear off within six months to a year.
The FDA reviewed clinical studies and determined that Xolair is safe for treating hives and asthma in both children and adults. As is true of most medical treatments, there is a small risk of side effects such as severe allergic reactions and anaphylaxis. Note, however, that the shots are administered in our office by an experienced allergist and we carefully monitor you for any potential side effects.
Are you ready to learn more about this or other treatments for allergic asthma? If so, contact Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Medical Group at 805-658-9500 right away to find out what your best options are.