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Hyposensibilization, also known as allergy vaccination or desensitization, is the only known treatment that affects the natural course of an allergic disease, and that may cure allergy.

The treatment is by injecting gradually increasing doses of the allergen to which the patient is allergic. By increasing the dosage very gradually, the immune system may then get the opportunity to learn to react correctly when exposed to the allergen in question.

The injection programme usually carries on for a period of three to five years. In the initial phase, the dosage is gradually increased from a very low initial value. Typically, the total increase of dosage may by a factor of 1:10000.

The cure have proved to work well in cases of tree pollen, grass pollen, mites and insect stings.

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