Allergy Shots for Seasonal and Environmental Allergies Treatment
Allergy shots, also called subcutaneous immunotherapy or allergen immunotherapy, are a leading allergy treatment used to desensitize the immune system to specific allergens. Patients take regular injections of allergen extract to reduce the impact of symptoms caused by pollen, dust mites, pet dander and insect stings.
Dr. Mireku is here to guide you or your child through the immunotherapy process, ensuring you are safe, comfortable – and seeing improvements in your health and well-being. Visit one of our first-class allergy treatment centers in McKinney/Prosper or Southlake, and discover how allergy shots can prevent symptoms and minimize the risk of allergies.
Understanding Allergy Shots
Allergy shots are a type of immunotherapy treatment aimed at desensitizing the immune system to allergens by exposing the body to gradually increasing doses. Patients must first undergo allergy testing to identify the source of the allergic reactions, then allergy shots can be given. Over a period of months (possibly a few years), small amounts of allergen extract are injected just under the skin’s surface This gradual process allows the body to develop a tolerance without triggering allergic reactions.
How the Allergy Shot Treatment Works
Subcutaneous immunotherapy has two phases – buildup and maintenance. While alternative immunotherapy treatments like allergy drops also feature a buildup and maintenance phase, for allergy shots the administration process varies considerably.
During the buildup phase patients will receive injections of low doses of allergen. Patients will receive allergy shots at our North Texas allergy treatment centers under the careful supervision of Dr. Mireku. This phase may last approximately three to six months (timescale will vary). Buildup aims to reach an effective therapeutic dose that allows the patient to tolerate allergen exposure with minimal or no reaction.
The maintenance phase seeks to sustain desensitization from the allergen and prevent symptoms from exposure. Patients receive the effective dose over several years, with potential adjustments after allergist assessment. During this phase, patients should have an improved quality of life without fear of allergy symptoms and related ill health.
Common Questions About Allergy Shots
Most patients experience only mild discomfort from allergy shots, such as a slight pinch or sting. Any discomfort during the procedure typically lasts only a few seconds, and any lingering pain is unlikely.
The frequency of allergy shots will vary, but usually starts with weekly injections during the buildup phase, then changes to monthly shots in the maintenance phase. Your allergist can advise on a timescale during the consultation.
Most people do not experience any significant side effects from allergy shots. There could be redness or swelling at the injection site, but this will typically heal quickly.
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