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Definition of Immunotherapy, allergy

Immunotherapy, allergy: Stimulation of the immune system with gradually increasing doses of the substances to which a person is allergic. The aim of allergy immunotherapy is to modify or stop the allergy by reducing the strength of the IgE response. This form of treatment is very effective for allergies to pollen, mites, animal dander, and especially, stinging insects.

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Last Editorial Review: 3/19/2012

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