What is an allergy shot?
Allergy shots, also known as immunotherapy, are a treatment option for a variety of allergy types, including hay fever,allergy-triggered asthma, and atopic dermatitis.
This type of therapy can provide long-term relief of allergy symptoms by gradually reducing your body’s sensitivity to certain allergy triggers.
How do allergy shots work?
Allergy shots desensitize, then neutralize then suppress clinical allergy. Throughout your therapy, your Advanced Allergy & Asthma provider increases the doses of allergens into your body to increasingly build up your tolerance and desensitization to allergy triggers.
During your traditional immunotherapy, you will undergo two phases of treatment. In the build-up phase, you receive allergy shots one or two times a week for a period of three to six months.
The maintenance phase involves additional allergy shots that are spread out over longer periods of time, usually a shot every two to four weeks to prevent allergy symptoms. You may need maintenance allergy shots for several years to help teach your immune system how to suppress allergies without help.
You may notice a difference in your body’s reaction to allergy triggers within a few months of treatment, but it can take a year or more for you to see a significant reduction in allergy flare-ups.
Am I a good candidate for allergy shots?
Allergy shots are both safe and effective for adults and children over five. The Advanced Allergy & Asthma medical team reviews your medical history and your allergy symptoms to determine if immunotherapy is a good option for your specific needs. If you suffer from food allergies, allergy shots aren’t available for treatment.
In many cases, allergy shots are considered when medications aren’t enough to control or prevent your allergy symptoms. They may also be an option if you aren’t able to take allergy medications for the long-term, or do not want to
It’s also important to note that immunotherapy does require a lengthy commitment, as you’ll need to schedule routine injections every week in the initial phase and every few weeks for several years in the maintenance phase.
To learn more about the benefits of allergy shots for managing and preventing your symptoms, schedule a consultation online or call Advanced Allergy & Asthma today.