hyposensitization


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desensitization

 [de-sen″sĭ-tĭ-za´shun]
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.

de·sen·si·tiz·a·tion

(dē-sen'si-ti-zā'shŭn),
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

hyposensitization

a form of immunotherapy that can either reduce or eliminate hypersensitivity. See also immunotherapy.

hyposensitization

Allergen immunotherapy, see there.

hyposensitization

decreasing the hypersensitivity response to allergens by exposure, usually as intradermal injections, to minute but increasing doses of the allergens. A treatment modality for atopic dermatitis, most commonly in dogs, cats and horses. Called also desensitization. See also immunotherapy.
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Enzyme potentiated hyposensitization V: Five case reports of patients with acute food allergy.
Occasionally, if intradermal tests reveal an allergy to a specific agent, hyposensitization, by injecting increasing amounts of the allergen, may lead to a cure.
Enzyme potentiated hyposensitization I: The effect of pre treatment with beta-glucuronidase, hyaluronidase and antigen on anaphylactic: sensitivity of guinea pigs, rats and mice.
3] They advocate FESS as an adjuvant therapy in patients who do not respond to hyposensitization and antiallergic therapy.