Article ID: 17
What allergy shots can do for your symptoms
Mary-Jay Health & Education
Is allergy shots for me?
Many allergy shots will bring relief from your allergy symptoms and this relief could potentially last for a long time. Allergy shots work well with the following;
●Bee-sting allergies and some medication allergies.
●Improve asthma symptoms.
●Consideration for allergy shots happen after other treatments include avoiding allergens and taking medicine, such as an antihistamine have been explored.
Allergy shots is not for everyone therefore consult with your doctors for recommendation
Allergy shots taking duration could last up to six years do the math here.
"You will start getting shots 1 or 2 times each week. After about 6 months of weekly shots, your doctor will decide when you can start maintenance treatment. Maintenance shots are usually given just once each month, year round. You'll probably need to get maintenance shots for 3 to 5 years. Then you may be able to stop having shots."
Allergy shots are usually safe. But because allergy shots contain small amounts of an allergen you might have an allergic reaction to the shot itself. One common reaction to allergy shots is swelling at the place where the shot is given.
Some people can also have severe, shock-like reactions to an allergy shot. This type of reaction is called anaphylaxis.. Anaphylaxis is rare but very serious. If you get your shots on schedule (every week or every month), you're less likely to have this kind of reaction.
In case you have a bad reaction, your doctor will have you stay at the office for about 20 minutes every time you get your shot. That way, if you have a reaction to the shot, your doctor can give you something right away to stop it.
Even though it works for majority, it may not work for you and if that happens consult your doctor for other treatment plan. It usually takes 6 months or more of shots before you start feeling better and notice relief of your allergy symptoms.
Ref: American Family Physician April 15, 1998