Allergy shots work like a vaccine. Your body responds to injected amounts of a particular allergen, given in gradually increasing doses, by developing immunity or tolerance to the allergen.
There are two phases:
• Build-up phase. This involves receiving injections with increasing amounts of the allergens. The length of this phase depends upon how often the injections are received, but generally ranges from three to six months.
• Maintenance phase. This begins once the effective dose is reached. The effective maintenance dose depends on your level of allergen sensitivity and your response to the build-up phase. During the maintenance phase, there will be longer periods of time between treatments.
Allergy Nurse: Patty Medical Assistant: BJ
Allergy shots have shown to decrease symptoms of many allergies. It can prevent
the development of new allergies, and in children it can prevent the progression of
allergic disease from allergic rhinitis to asthma. The effectiveness of allergy shots
appears to be related to the length of the treatment program as well as the dose of
the allergen. Some patients experience lasting relief from allergy symptoms, while
others may relapse after discontinuing allergy shots.
We are available for consultation and treatment of allergic disorders in both adults
and children. Our staff will first perform the appropriate allergy diagnostic tests to
determine the specific allergens that trigger your allergic reactions, including trees,
weeds or grass pollens, animal dander, molds, and dust.
Based on the diagnosis, we will then recommend an allergy treatment plan for your
specific condition. Your treatment plan may be one of a number of options, including
allergen avoidance education, over-the-counter and prescription medication therapy,
and allergy immunotherapy.