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DESENSITIZATION

Bible DictionaryAids Glossary
the reduction of sensitivity or allergic reaction to an antigen or a drug, typically achieved by administering a small amount and gradually increasing the dose.
Bible DictionaryGlossary of HIV(AIDS)-Related Terms
Gradually increasing the dose of a medicine in order to overcome severe reactions. Desensitization procedures have become popular when administering Bactrim to persons with a history of adverse reactions to the drug. Bactrim (see TMP/SMX) is an important drug against PCP<!-- (see) --> infection.
Bible DictionaryNDIC Diabetes Dictionary
a way to reduce or stop a response such as an allergic reaction to something. For example, if someone has an allergic reaction to something, the doctor gives the person a very small amount of the substance at first to increase one's tolerance. Over a period of time, larger doses are given until the person is taking the full dose. This is one way to help the body get used to the full dose and to prevent the allergic reaction.  
Source: The National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse (NDIC), NIH Publication No. 07–3016, October 2006 (About)
Bible DictionaryHepatitis Central (TM) Liver Disease Medical Glossary
The reduction or abolition of allergic sensitivity or reactions to the specific antigen (allergen)
Bible DictionaryDictionary of Medicine
Stimulation of the immune system with gradually increasing doses of the substances to which a person is allergic, the aim being to modify or stop the allergy "war" (by reducing the strength of the IgE and its effect on the mast cells). This form of treatment is very effective for allergies to pollen, mites, cats, and especially stinging insects (eg, bees, hornets, yellowjackets, wasps, velvet ants, fire ants). Allergy immunotherapy usually takes 6 months to a year to become effective and injections ("shots") are usually required for 3-5 years.

 

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