Allergy Shots

Allergy Shot Primer

  • State-of-the-art allergy treatment, particularly for patients with multiple allergies
  • Can treat both environmental allergies (pollens, animal dander, dust mite, and mold) and bee allergies
  • Significantly reduces nasal, eye, and respiratory symptoms
  • 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
  • Initially receive one injection per week. After 5-6 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
  • Many patients notice improvements after 6 months, though some patients may take longer
  • The average course of treatment is 3-5 years

For Allergy Shot Patients

  • 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
  • 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 your allergist so we can adjust your treatment accordingly

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