It is the optimal allergy treatment, particularly for patients with multiple environmental allergies. For most of patients, completion of allergy shot treatment course removes the need for daily medications.
Used for both environmental allergies (pollens, animal dander, dust mite, and mold) and stinging insect allergies.
Significantly reduces nasal, eye, and respiratory symptoms.
How does it work?
The injection is a small dose of the allergens that cause your symptoms.
Desensitizes the patient so the body will tolerate the allergens that trigger symptoms.
How is it done?
Patients start off with one injection per week. Over 6 to 8 months, increase intervals until the monthly maintenance dose is achieved.
Allergy shots must be administered in the clinic for patient safety to ensure that adverse reactions can be promptly treated.
When will I feel better?
Many patients notice improvements after 6 months, though some patients may take longer.
How long do I have to get shots?
The average course of treatment is 3-5 years.
What to expect for each allergy shot visit
You must stay at the clinic for 30 minutes after your injection so we can monitor you for any symptoms of an allergic reaction.
Common side effects vary from local redness, itching, and swelling; throat itching; congestion; sneezing; hives; wheezing.
Possible side effect: anaphylaxis.
We will treat your symptoms as necessary if they occur.
Treatment of side effects can range from administering antihistamines, breathing treatments, and sometimes use of an EpiPen (in rare situations).
Certain medications may interfere with allergy shot treatment. These include beta-blockers (e.g. Metoprolol) and ACE inhibitors (e.g. Lisinopril). If you are taking these medications, please inform our providers so we can adjust your treatment accordingly.