Eczema

Eczema treatments: immunosuppressant tablets and immunotherapy

Another way to manage allergies is through immunosuppressants tablets and immunotherapy.
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Cat recently started taking immunosuppressant tablets. She’s had blood tests and is being “vigilant” for any problems or side effects. She says it has been a bit of an adjustment cutting out drinking alcohol, but likes the fact that she is saving money when she goes out now.
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Immunotherapy
is also known as "allergy shots". This is when the person is given small doses of an allergen over a long period of time. The idea is that the person's body gets used to the allergen and doesn't have such a strong reaction to it. Immunotherapy treatment involves either having injections or taking tablets or drops.

Aadam had immunotherapy to help reduce the impact of allergens like grass pollen on his asthma and eczema. His treatment took four years, had side effects (such as his tongue swelling up) and required “lots of dedication”, but he has seen an improvement. Aadam was pleased to get immunotherapy treatment on the NHS, as it would have been expensive.

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