HCG is a hormone found in women during pregnancy and it stands for human chorionic gonadotropin. This hormone works in the ovary where it enables the development of the eggs. During ovulation, the release of the egg is then stimulated with its help. For this reason, HCG is used by women who have problems ovulating.
HCG is used in medicine to remedy infertility among women. It is used to raise men’s sperm count and its ability to promote the dropping down of testicles inside the scrotum has the hormone used in boys whose testicles have delayed dropping down. The sexual development of boys is also stimulated using the hormone HCG. This is made possible by its ability to promote the release of sex hormones in men.
How HCG is administered
The hormone is injected inside a muscle or directly below the skin. HCG can be administered through sublingual shots or through adoption of a HCG diet instead.
HCG allergic reactions
Signs of an allergic reaction to HCG
HCG contains proteins which people using the drug could be allergic to hence the allergic reactions experienced. Most of these allergic reactions are also usually common. Allergic reactions from a HCG homeopathic drops and diet are usually less severe as those from an injection.
To ensure that the HCG is working as it should, your doctor will carry out regular checks. It is during these visits that they will get a chance to discover how your body is reacting to the hormone so as to make the necessary adjustments to the medication.
How to know if you are allergic to HCG
When allergic to this hormone, one is likely to experience the following
· Feeling light headed and in some instances, one may faint.
· Breathing problems including wheezing and shortness of breath
· The injection site may also be painful and appear to be bruised
· One may also experience symptoms resembling those of hay fever.
· The nose may feel congested and become runny and itchy.
· The eyes will be itchy as well and will turn red and watery.
· Chest tightness
· Hoarseness and coughing
· Cramps in the abdominal area
· Stomach irritation, vomiting, nausea and diarrhea
· The hormone can also trigger tingling of the toes and the hands as well.
· Development of hives and skin rashes where the medication was injected
· The blood pressure may drop to severely low levels at a very fast rate
· The heart rate will also rise and become rapid
· A needles and pins sensation
· Throat, tongue, lip swelling and in some cases, individuals may have their entire face or other body parts swell up
· Development of sores on the tongue or under the tongue
· Itchiness may also be experienced on the area where one has had the injection. However, some will feel it on their hands and others on their feet. Itching is an indicator that one is allergic to HCG. This should however, not be something to be too worried about unless when it becomes intolerable, then medical help is necessary. This can be remedied using a warm bath or a moisturizer. In some cases, the itchiness will disappear on its own with time.
In case of an allergic reaction, one is advised to discontinue use and inform their doctor immediately. Alternatively, they can seek medical attention at the nearest medical facility as soon as possible.
Anti-inflammatory and antihistamine medications are sometimes used to reduce the swelling in the mouth and are quite effective too.
If the allergic reactions are experienced upon use of the drops, one is also advised to verify their suppliers as some of the drops may not contain the HCG.
Some of the reactions are severe while others are a bit mild and will usually go away with time. Skin rashes for instance are in most instances mild and reversible.
How to reduce the allergic reaction to HCG
To reduce the chances of an allergic reaction, Ensure to let your doctor know of any medication you are taking before starting on HCG.
After rubbing the area for injection with alcohol, let it dry first before beginning the injection. Get the needle out immediately after you have emptied it and give it a moment before rubbing it again with the alcohol pad.
Avoid repeated injection on the area exhibiting sensitivity or allergic reaction.
Depending on how severe the reaction is, one may only need to reduce how frequently they use the drug until their doctor believes it is safe for them to continue using it again. Some may need to stop using it for good.
Upon discontinuation of use, the symptoms will usually go away
The use of HCG can also trigger the following
When blood has clotted, one is likely to experience one or more of the following. The area affected turning red, numb and feeling warm; your limbs may feel tingly too. Headache and dizziness are also likely to be experienced.
Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS)
This is a condition developed usually during the first cycle of treatment with HCG. The symptoms include pain in the abdominal area and in the pelvic region too which is usually severe. The stomach, hands and legs may begin to swell and one may experience some weight gain as well. Other characteristics include less frequency of urinations, vomiting, nausea and diarrhea.
When used in boys, it may result in having them display puberty signs earlier than normal. This includes having hem develop a deepened voice, acne and pubic hair. They may also experience increased sweating.
Other side effects include change in moods, confusion headaches and depression. It can also trigger irritability and breast tenderness which are less serious. Women who use HCG are more likely to have multiple pregnancies some of which could be high risk.
Precautions when using HCG
The hormone is not safe for use during pregnancy as it could result to the baby having birth defects.
Previous allergic reactions to HCG should make you keep away from using it again especially if the reactions were severe.
Women with primary ovarian failure should also not use this hormone
If you are not sure how to inject the hormone, it is wise to get professional assistance instead of doing it yourself. Once you are done with it, ensure that the equipment you used is hygienically and safely disposed.