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A Safe Alternative to Allergy Shots – Dr. Jonathan Buttram

Many of us got allergy shots as kids or take allergy shots as adults. Aside from the discomfort of getting a shot, there is also the inconvenience of having to visit a doctor’s office or clinic. There is now an alternative to taking allergy immuno-therapy by injection. The U.T. Health Science Center at Tyler’s Dr. Jonathan Buttram discusses a safe alternative to allergy shots in this post to HealthConnection.TV.

What is sublingual therapy or allergy drops? (first question)

How are the drops administered? (skip to 0:36)

How does it work and is it safe? (skip to 0:48)

Are drops as effective as allergy shots? (skip to 1:23)

Do allergy drops work for everyone? (skip to 1:41)

Is the success rate for drops different that for treatment using shots? (skip to 2:00)

How long is the treatment using drops effective as compared to shots? (skip to 2:29)

What are the financial benefits to using drops as opposed to allergy shots? (skip to 2:59)

Is there a higher rate of patient compliance with treatment using drops as opposed to allergy shots? (skip to 3:37)

How can someone find out if he or she might be a candidate for allergy drops? (skip to 4:00)

Shingles – Dr. Wyn Andrews

If you had the chicken pox as a child, the virus may yet come back to haunt you. When it does, instead of being called chicken pox, it will be called shingles. Shingles can manifest as a rash limited to one side of the body and be accompanied by pain that is sometimes long-lasting and severe. In this post to HealthConnection.TV, the U.T. Health Science Center’s Dr. Wyn Andrews discusses diagnosing, treating and preventing shingles.

What is shingles? (first question)

Why do some people who have had chicken pox develop shingles and others don’t? (skip to 0:51)

Are some people at greater risk for developing shingles? (skip to 1:26)

Is shingles contagious? (skip to 2:09)

What are the symptoms of shingles? (skip to 4:05)

How is shingles diagnosed? (skip to 3:25)

What is the treatment for shingles? (skip to 4:05)

How long does a case of shingles last? (skip to 4:35)

Why do some people experience such intense pain when they have shingles? (skip to 5:02)

Are there any comfort measures that can be taken at home for shingles? (skip to 5:39)

Does shingles have any long-term complications? (skip to 6:07)

Is there any way to prevent getting shingles? (skip to 6:59)