Allergy Shots: Clinically-Proven Allergy Treatment
Shots are an effective way to get real relief from allergies
Allergy shots can be used to treat seasonal and environmental allergies like molds, pollen, dust, animal dander. We offer allergy shots for adults and children 5 years of age or older. We do not treat insect venom allergies or food allergies with shots.
The initial phase of allergy shot treatment begins with an escalating dose of allergens with each shot. The patient will then stay on a maintenance injection every week for a year. After the first year, injections can be spaced to every 3 or 6 weeks. There is no universal protocol for ending the injections. The decision to end injection allergy treatment relies on the patient's individual needs.
Possible side effects from allergy drops
Several possible side effects have been associated with allergy shot treatment. Most commonly “local reactions" occur, which can include redness, swelling, and itching near the site of the injection. Local reactions may develop immediately or hours after receiving the shots. Ice and antihistamines are effective treatments which can provide relief for local reactions.
Anaphylaxis can also occur following injections. Numerous studies show only a minimal chance of experiencing an anaphylactic reaction after injections. The vast majority happen within half an hour of the injection being administered, which is why we require all allergy patients receiving injections to remain in the office for 30 minutes afterward.
For long-term relief, treatment generally takes between 3-5 years.
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If you think allergy shots may be right for you, or would like more information, call our office or contact us today to schedule a visit with one of our allergists or ask any questions.