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  Desensitisation

It would in fact be more accurate to talk about hyposensitisation. This treatment does not completely suppress allergen sensitisation, but it does make the patient less sensitive to allergens.

Tip: A long road ...

Hyposensitisation is based on regularly injecting the allergen in ever larger doses, so that the body builds up a kind of tolerance to it. The technique is not 100% effective and is generally recommended only when other treatments have proved unsuccessful. The best results are achieved with allergen solu-tions ("vaccines") against grass pollen, and bee and wasp stings. Hyposensitisation is a long-term treatment. On average it may last 3 years, or even as long as 5 years and longer in the case of bee and
wasp stings. Success depends on choosing the right antigen for the vaccine, the dosage, and... the patient.  
 


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