What are allergy shots?
Allergy shots are a form of immunotherapy. Basically, the principle is to inject a small amount of what the patient is specifically allergic to. Allergy testing is used to determine what goes in the shot. Typically the shot is given once a week.
How are allergy shots administered?
A very small needle is used to give a subcutaneous injection in the arm in the office setting. Patients are observed for approximately 20 minutes.
Who An the ideal candidate for Allergy shots?
Patients that are significantly symptomatic from their allergies and not responding adequately to routine standard allergy therapy are excellent candidates for immunotherapy.
Is there an age restriction for treatment?
There are no age restrictions for immunotherapy but typically drops are better tolerated then shots in the pediatric population.
How effective are allergy shots?
Allergy shots are very effective in most patients in reducing their allergy complaints and need for medications. Compliance is a significant issue with shots as it may be difficult to make it to the doctors office weekly. For this reason, allergy drops maybe more effective.
Are there any risks? are allergy shots safe?
Allergy shots are safe but there is a very small risk of anaphylaxis. For this reason they administered in the doctors office.
How long will it take to see results?
Typically patience will see improvement in their allergy symptoms within approximately one year on shots.
What happens if my allergy shots are not effective?
Typically, as long as the patient is compliant with therapy, it will be successful. Like all therapies, it is possible that the therapy will not be successful. Shots, unlike drops, can only treat what is positive on skin testing and allergy drops maybe a better option for someone failing allergy shot therapy, as they can also treat items that the patient is significantly allergic to that do not show up on allergy skin testing.
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If you would like more information on allergy shots, contact our Austin, TX office today! Call 512-601-0303 to schedule a consultation with ENT specialist Dr. Daniel Slaughter.