Allergy Shots

  • Injections that are given to reduce sensitivity to allergens (also known as Allergy Immunotherapy or Desensitization).
  • Available for pollens (grasses, trees, and weeds), cat, dog, dust mite, molds and stinging insects (honey bee, hornets, wasps, yellow jacket and fire ant).
  • The goal is to improve quality of life by controlling allergy symptoms while decreasing medication usage.
  • Usually administered for a minimum of 3-5 years with a range from weekly to monthly injections.
  • Improves control of asthma in patients with allergen-induced asthma.
  • Cannot be used to treat allergies related to food, latex or medications.
  • Allergists help determine if allergy shots are appropriate for a patient, create customized allergy extracts for each patient, administer allergy shots, treat any adverse reactions and monitor the efficacy of allergy immunotherapy.

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