Asthma Questioned

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If you’re waging an all-out war against your child’s asthma, some arms reduction may be appropriate. A recent study suggests that immunotherapy (allergy shots), a traditional defense against asthma, may not help certain kids who take daily asthma medication.

It’s true that childhood allergies and asthma go hand in hand, and that many attacks are set off by allergic reactions, professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore. “The hope has been that using immunotherapy to curb allergies would help asthma, too. But our study found that kids with moderate or severe asthma who didn’t receive allergy shots fared just as well as those who did”.

Given the cost and inconvenience of allergy shots, as well as the slight risk of adverse reactions to them, you may want to ask your child’s allergist whether immunotherapy is necessary. Never eliminate shots without a doctor’s guidance, of course. Immunotherapy remains useful for kids whose allergies cause nasal disease or eye trouble, says doctor, and it does appear to somewhat help relieve asthma in children under age nine, and those who have mild asthma.