When allergy symptoms have become too severe or interfere with your daily life and obligations, it can be time for the intervention of a medical professional that specializes in dealing with allergies. Allergen immunotherapy, or allergy shots, desensitize patients to allergies and decrease symptoms that may occur when exposed to allergens. Patients can often find relief that lasts long after the treatment has been administered. Allergy shots are effective at combating environmental and insect allergens while remaining an affordable option.
Children, as well as adults, can receive allergy shots. Children benefit highly due to the trouble they may have communicating allergy symptoms and managing allergen contact. Older adults should speak with a medical professional before getting an allergy shot, especially if they have any medical conditions that need to be considered. Dr. Rishi at Arizona Allergy Associates will determine how well you can benefit from allergy shots based on:
If you have any food allergies, injections will not help symptoms. Avoid any foods that cause an allergic reaction in your body and speak with an expert about your health and allergies.
An allergy shot is similar to a vaccine. Your doctor will inject a small amount of the allergen inside the bloodstream in gradually larger doses, allowing cells to become desensitized to the allergen and lessening symptoms over time.
Treatment takes place in two phases – the build-up phase and the maintenance phase. During the build-up phase, you will receive injections that increase in their dose of allergens on a weekly basis. How long this process takes depends on how often you are receiving injections, but most patients will complete this phase between 3 to 6 months.
During the maintenance phase, you can visit the doctor less often as the treatment has become more effective. Dr. Rishi at Arizona Allergy Associates will discuss the best course for maintaining your allergy desensitization over time.