How Long Do You Have to Take Allergy Shots?
Allergy shots are an effective way to treat allergies that provides long-term relief, prevents new allergies from developing, and can help you avoid developing asthma.
Should I Get Allergy Shots?
If you suffer from allergies that are not fully controlled by over the counter or prescription allergy medicines or have side effects from taking allergy medicines, allergy shots might be the right choice for you. For some patients, allergy shots are the only option because allergy medicines can interfere with other medications they must take. Allergy shots can also offer a more effective solution to allergies to triggers you are exposed to regularly, such as pet dander and pollen.
Are Allergy Shots Effective?
When patients follow the protocol for getting allergy shots, they have a success rate of more than 90%. Studies have reported that allergy shots can minimize the occurrence of asthma and prevent emergencies from allergic reactions. Allergy shots continue to work even after the treatment is completed. Allergy shots are even more effective when given to children, because they can actually help to keep new allergies from developing.
Are Allergy Shots Safe?
While most patients experience a small amount of discomfort when receiving the shot, the shots are very safe. Redness, itchiness, or minor swelling may occur at the site of the shot. Because allergy shots inject a small amount of the allergen into the patient, your doctor may require you to remain in the office after you receive the shot to ensure you do not have a reaction for 20-30 minutes. Allergy shots must be repeated regularly in order to be effective, working much like a flu vaccine in building resistance to the allergens.
How Long Do I Need to Get Allergy Shots?
To be most effective, you should continue to get allergy shots for 3-5 years. At that point, most patients will have developed an “immunity” to the allergen that allows them to be exposed to the allergen without having an allergic reaction.
Lakeside Allergy ENT is home to three board-certified otolaryngologists and allergy doctors who specialize in diagnosis and treatment of all ear, nose, and throat-related disorders, including allergies and allergy testing. If you or your child has any symptoms of allergies and you want to learn more about allergy testing, call our office at 972-771-5443 or get started by requesting an appointment with our expert allergists using the form on this page.