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1. the prevention or reduction of immediate hypersensitivity by administration of graded doses of allergen; see also immunotherapy. Called also hyposensitization.
2. in behavior therapy, the treatment of phobias and related disorders by intentionally exposing the patient, in imagination or in real life, to a hierarchy of emotionally distressing stimuli.


1. The reduction or abolition of allergic sensitivity or reactions to the specific antigen (allergen). Synonym(s): antianaphylaxis
2. The act of removing an emotional complex.
Synonym(s): hyposensitization


Allergen immunotherapy, see there.
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Enzyme potentiated hyposensitization IV: effect of Protamine on the immunological behavior of beta-glucuronidase in mice and patients with hay fever.
Enzyme potentiated hyposensitization V: Five case reports of patients with acute food allergy.
A double-blind controlled trial of enzyme potentiated hyposensitization for the treatment of ulcerative colitis.
If thorough allergy testing reveals a true allergy to cats, discuss hyposensitization shots.
Enzyme potentiated hyposensitization I: The effect of pre treatment with beta-glucuronidase, hyaluronidase and antigen on anaphylactic: sensitivity of guinea pigs, rats and mice.
Enzyme potentiated hyposensitization II: Effect of glucose, glucosamine, N-acetylamino-sugars and gelatin on the ability of beta-glucuronidase to block the anamnestic response to antigen in mice.
[3] They advocate FESS as an adjuvant therapy in patients who do not respond to hyposensitization and antiallergic therapy.
Every patient had a positive allergic skin test, and each either had undergone or were undergoing hyposensitization and other antiallergic therapy.
If these factors cannot be eliminated, then he will be given hyposensitization injections.
Standard therapeutic protocols include the use of glucocorticoids, antihistaminics, omega-6/omega-3 fatty acid supplements, allergen-specific immunotherapy ('hyposensitization'), topical anti-pruritic agents and combinations thereof (Scott et al., 2001).