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Adventures in allergy vaccination

So I’m allergic, godawfully so, and I’ve finally taken the step to do something about it and get vaccinated, because jfc, I want my life back.

Now, for those of you not in the know, allergy vaccines work like this: every couple of weeks, you get shots with increasingly large doses of the stuff you’re allergic to, for a couple of months, and then, when you reach the end dose where you’re at the level of resistance the doctors want, you get “maintenance shots” for, like, 3-5 years. If you’re getting vaccinated for several things, you get one shot per substance you’re allergic to, with a 30 min wait between each shot. Yes, there are a lot of needles in my future.

But! For certain allergies, there are pills! Where I’m from, the only approved pill treatment is for grass pollen allergies, which, lucky, lucky me, is my worst one. So I’ve started on these things, to reduce the amount of needles (needlework won’t happen until September or so), and basically, it boils down to one pill per day, placed under my tongue, where it dissolves in a minute or so. I’m to do this for three years.

The problem is, this is basically a concentrated dose of the stuff I’m allergic to. So there are reactions. My mouth, throat and ears itch, and I’m not allowed to wash it down with anything for the first five minutes, minimum. And when I’m really unlucky, there is painful, itchy swelling.

And I swear, it’s the oddest sensation in the world to have swelling under your goddamn tongue. I don’t know what this bit of anatomy is called, but jfc, I wish it would stop doing this swelling thing. So unpleasant.

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