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Patient Resources


Helpful Patient Resources

Allergy Link, P.A., a leading allergy practice, has offices in Overland Park and Iola. Jeremy E. Baptist, M.D., Ph.D., is the owner/operator and has been practicing in the field of allergy and immunology for over 25 years.

Dr. Baptist treats a range of complex medical issues, including inhalant and food allergies, irritable bowel syndrome, asthma, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, migraines, and many other conditions.

You can learn more about allergies, medications, and more by referencing the resources we have listed below.

Allergy Facts

Allergies are an abnormally high sensitivity to particular substances (or allergens), including specific microorganisms, pollen, or foods.

If you have allergies, your immune system overreacts to these relatively harmless allergens, triggering immune responses due to touching, breathing in, ingesting, or injecting these allergens. The most common symptoms of allergies include sneezing, itching, and skin rashes.

Medications Containing Antihistamines

Please check with your personal pharmacist for more information on the products. If you are currently taking any of the medications, usage must be discontinued 7 days before your visit (do not stop asthma medications).

Please be aware that many cold medications, sleep aids, anti-nausea, and anti-depressant medications often contain antihistamines, including many over-the-counter couch and cold preparations, sleeping medications, and sedatives.

Shot Room Policy and Information

Injection Hours:
  • Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday | 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday | CLOSED
  • Friday | 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Saturday | 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
No Appointment Necessary for Shots

During the beginning work up stages of your treatment, the strength and volume of allergy antigen injected will be gradually increased. During this phase, your injections can be done as often as every three days, but must be done no longer than every 10 days. If the time period goes past 10 days between injections, the previous level will have to be repeated.

Throughout this time, it is very important for you to remain in the physician's office for 20 minutes after receiving each injection. This is done so that if you have any type of reaction, the medical staff is present to either observe or to give any medical necessary medical assistance. Some of the minor reactions to the antigen are:

  • Rash
  • Elevated temperature
  • Welt at site of injection
On rare occasions, serious reactions may occur, including:

  • Itching of throat
  • Wheezing
  • Intense sneezing or coughing
  • Hives
  • Faintness
  • Shortness of breath

If you have for some reason left the clinic setting and have a serious reaction, you should immediately go to the nearest hospital emergency room.

When you reach a maintenance level (which is the maximum dosage tolerated), injections may be given as often as every three days, but no longer than every two weeks. The frequency in which you may receive allergy injections is generally once or twice every two or three years.

If you have questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact Allergy Link, P.A. at 913-469-4043 right away.

Vitamin Information

Vitamins are essential nutrients which must be obtained in the diet. Vitamin D is an exception as it can be synthesized in the skin in the presence of UVB radiation. However, most people are deficient in Vitamin D if they do not take supplements.

Retinol, Vitamin A
Deficiency: Xeropthalmia, night blindness, Keratomalacia, total blindness, impared immunity
Excess: Hypervitamiosis A Cirrhosis, hair loss, nausea, vomiting, headache, abdominal pain, drowsiness, birth defects in babies, altered mental states

Thiamine, Vitamin B1
Deficiency: Beriberi, Wernicke Syndrome, Korsakoff Syndrome, cardiovascular Beriberi, death, infantile Beriberi, crib death
Excess: No toxicity

Riboflavin, Vitamin B2
Deficiency: Corneal lesions, sores or cracks on lips and sides of mouth, increased homocysteine, sore throat, Sebarrheic dermatitis, inflammation and redness of tongue, anemia, sensitivity to light, eye tearing, itching and burning, Preeclampsia, edema during pregnancy
Excess: No toxicity

Niacin, Vitamin B3
Deficiency: Pallagra (raw skin), Dermatitis, Diarrhea, dementia, bright red tongue, vomiting, headache, apathy, fatigue, depression, disorientation, memory loss, death
Excess: Dyspepsia, cardiac arrhythmias, birth defects

Pantothenic, Vitamin B5
Deficiency: Irritability, fatigue, apathy, numbness, muscle cramps, hypoglycemia, restlessness, malaise, sleep disturbances, nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, painful burning feet, adrenal insufficiency, hepatic encephalopathy
Excess: Diarrhea, intestinal distress

Pyridoxine, Vitamin B6
Deficiency: Seizures, irritability, depression, confusion, abnormal EEG, inflammation of tongue, sores or ulcers on mouth and corner of mouth, impaired immune functions, kidney stones, morning sickness of pregnancy
Toxicity: Pain and numbness of extremities

Cobalamin, Vitamin 812
Deficiency: Pernicious anemia, megaloblastic anemia, gastrointestinal numbness, fatigue, depression, poor memory, mania, psychosis, irritability, focus/concentration problems, depressive state with suicidal tendencies (may not be reversible if not treated early)
Excess: No toxicity

Ascorbic, Vitamin C
Deficiency: Scurvy, fatigue, anemia, weakness, gum swelling, hemorrhages, back and joint pain and hemorrhage, syncope, death
Excess: Diarrhea

Vitamin D
Deficiency: Rickets, osteoporosis, falls, immune deficiency, heart attacks, cancer, type I diabetes, dementia, multiple sclerosis, pre-eclampsia/premature births
Excess: Hypervitaminosis D, vomiting, dehydration, constipation

Vitamin E
Deficiency: Neurological disease, ataxia, myopathies, peripheral neuropathy, retinopathy, impairment of immune response
Excess: Excessive bleeding

Folate Folinicacid, Folic Acid
Deficiency: Glossitis, infant neural tube defects, preterm delivery, infant low birth weight, fetal growth retardation, high homocysteine, pre-eclampsia, spontaneous abortion, diarrhea, anemia, coronary artery disease, Ischemic heart disease, stroke, cancer, depression, schizophrenia, allergic disease, sub-fertility
Excess: No reported toxicity / B12 deficiency

Biotin, Vitamin H / Vitamin B7
Hair loss (alopecia), conjunctivitis, dermatitis (scaly red rash around eyes, nose, mouth, and genital area), lethargy, hallucinations, numbness and tingling of extremities, impaired immune system with increased bacterial and fungal infections
Excess: No toxicity

Vitamin K
Deficiency: Hemorrhage, vascular calcification (K-2), osteoporosis (K-2), coronary hear disease (K-2)
Excess: No toxicity

General Info for Starting Shots From Vials

Here's a helpful tip to help you remember your shots!
Take your shot(s) on the same day(s) each week. For example, take your shots(s) every Monday or Tuesday or Friday. This will get you in a routine and will make it easier to remember your shots.

Work Up Period
You need to take your shots every 3 - 10 days in order to "work up" your maintenance dose. Each consecutive shot given during a work up is about one and a half times as strong as the previous dose. The goal is to get your maintenance dose, which usually takes approximately 40 injections, but this depends on your sub-level. The maintenance dose is individual and is determined by your reaction to the injection of antigen.

Instructions on amount, administration, reactions, and care for reactions are detailed on the colored paper that is enclosed in the envelope you receive your antigen in. You or your healthcare provider can call, fax, or e-mail us the postcard for the next vial. The best time to request a new vial is the same day you receive your last injection, as per the instruction sheet. We will have the new antigen to you by the time you need the next injection.

Maintenance Period
Once you have made it to the maintenance level, the protocol does not change except that you will stay on the same dosage. You will still request the antigen from Allergy Link, P.A., and we will send you the vial, instruction sheet, and postcard upon request.

You may find that you can go longer between shots for the desired effect once you are on your maintenance dose. However, during the allergy season, you may find you need your shots sooner as they wear out faster due to you being exposed to more allergens.

Transporting and Storing Your Vial
In transporting and storing your vials, the general rule is if it is too hot for you, it is too hot for your vial. Heat will weaken the antigen therefore not delivering the correct amount of antigen you need to provide relief. Don't leave it in the back window of your car or even in the car if it is hot.

At Allergy Link, P.A., we keep our vials in the refrigerator while not using them. The vial will be OK if you accidentally leave it out as long as it is not overheated.

If you have questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact Allergy Link, P.A. at 913-469-4043 right away.
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