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Allergy shots and RA
JBSante posted:
I have been receiving allergy shots for 5 months and experiencing progressively worse symptoms, not of the typical pattern for a RA flare-up. Is there any research suggesting that people with RA should NOT receive allergy shots? My immunologist is unaware of any contraindications.

xperky responded:
You know, I've been wondering if there could be a connection between my having received allergy shots for 4 years, about 12 years ago, and now having RA. I do know the whole allergy thing is the immune system attacking something healthy. I know it is a different thing being attacked, but still, I wonder if there is a relationship. For sure, they are both immune system problems, and that might be all there is to say about it.

I hope someone can answer your question, and I hope you feel better soon, with both your RA and your allergies.
singingbear responded:
Please let us know if you find out anything. I have a friend with Crohn's (also and autoimmune disease) and she is convinced that there is a connection between her allergies and the Crohn's disease. In her case, however, she was convinced that taking a daily allergy pill helped relieve her symptoms.
Scott Zashin, MD responded:
I am not aware of an issue but everyone may react differently to treatments.
JBSante replied to xperky's response:
I located one article suggesting that people with RA not take allergy shots because they can complicate the disease:

I stopped taking my allergy shots last week after determining that the severe and long-lasting reaction was directly related to my latest shot. I fear what would have happened to me if I'd not made the connection - my immunologist never acknowledged or informed me of such debilitating symptoms and it was difficult to confirm the connection until the symptoms became so extreme.

That was most definitely the right call as I am feeling better each day. I am researching another possible reason for such symptoms in older women prompted by an insight from my primary care doc. I will post if I find something valuable.

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