Evaluate Venom Immunotherapy (VIT)

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Venom Immunotherapy (VIT) is a series of injections that introduce minute amounts of venom into your body. The amount is gradually increased over time to help your immune system build a tolerance to the venom proteins. This process is continued until your body has enough immunity to be able to tolerate a sting without your body “overreacting”. VIT has been found to be 95 to 97% effective in reducing the risk of systemic reaction in stinging insect allergic patients.1,2

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1 Valentine MD, Schuberth KC, Kagey-Sobotka A, Graft DF, Kwiterovich KA, Szklo M, et al. The value of immunotherapy with venom in children with allergy to insect stings. N Engl J Med. 1990; 323:1601-3.
2 Valentine MD. Anaphylaxis and stinging insect hypersensitivity. JAMA 1992; 268:2830-2833.