Hi all --
Do they offer allergen desensitization shots in the UK? In the US, my MD would get a specific formulation for specific proteins like polle-specific antigens, derp1 etc, and give it as a shot. I would spend 30 min in the waiting area and leave. In the USA, this therapy is much more common than Xolair, and has been around for ages. In the USA, "designer" healthcare like Xolair is a privilege of the rich (or the lucky ones who have posh insurance... I had one thankfully). Thus, most people get "allergy shots" to control their allergies, in addition to steroids etc. , since it's cheap and well-established.
In the UK, "allergy shots" were never mentioned to me, which is strange, as one would think NHS is always broke and likes to save money. I mentioned allergy shots to several GPs and consultants here, and their reaction was as if they did not know what I was talking about.
A clinic in London has mentioned to me that they do desensitization but administer the allergen orally, not as a shot. They did not initially offer this as a cheaper alternative to Xolair, and were happy to administer Xolair straight away ($1500 a month).