New review: Allergy shots can help some asthmatics

August 11, 2010 2:44:36 PM PDT
Allergy shots have always been a controversial treatment for asthma. A new review from the Cochran Library finds the shots can help asthmatics, but they're not for everyone.

The review of 88 studies shows the shots can significantly reduce asthmatic symptoms and the amount of medication needed in some people. They also helped reduce sensitivity in the lungs, and in some cases worked as well as an inhaler.

But there's a catch: there is also an increased risk of side effect from a stuffy nose to fatal reactions like anaphylactic shock.

Patients should work closely with their doctors to determine what is the best and safest treatment for their individual situation.