Benefits of Getting Allergy Shots Q&A
Allergy shots provide so many benefits for our patients, including no longer feeling anxiety every time they go outside or a certain season occurs. This helps your body adjust to the allergens (desensitization). Your immune system develops a tolerance to the allergens, which causes your allergy symptoms to reduce with time. Re-claim your freedom and schedule an allergy shot consultation with our board-certified doctors, Dr. Niraj Choudhary, M.D., and Dr. Smriti Choudhary, MD. We are conveniently located at 360 E Medical Center Blvd Suite C Webster TX 77598. For more information, please contact us or schedule an appointment online.
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When we determine who would be a good candidate for allergy shots, we will consider these two key factors before offering allergy shots:
• What the patient is allergic too
• How well their avoidance techniques and other allergy treatments have been helping to control their symptoms
The most common and first effective treatment that doctors will provide for recommendations when it comes to allergies is avoidance. If you are allergic to allergens like pollen and mold, which cannot be avoided, or you can only partially avoid dust mites, animals, and stinging insects, all of which would consider you a good candidate for allergy shots. As well, if you use multiple different medications to help manage your allergy symptoms, you may also be considered for allergy shots.
Finally, last but not least, if you are dealing with a potentially life-threatening allergy like that to stinging insects, it will be strongly encouraged that you consider getting allergy shots to help. While it can be argued that allergies to food are also life-threatening, so they should also be considered, there are no allergy shots that are available at this time that will help with these allergies. The treatment for medication and food allergies is a strict avoidance treatment and being prepared to treat accidental exposure.
As well, it should be mentioned that you may qualify for any of the above, but if you have other health conditions like heart disease or severe asthma, you will not be eligible for allergy shots, since these conditions may not be a good fit and you may not be able to cope with the occasional severe allergic reaction, which can be caused by the allergy shots themselves.
Allergy shots are just like any other injection, they help to reduce or stop allergy attacks. Each allergy shot contains small amounts of the specific substance to which you are allergic and causes a trigger for your allergic reactions. These are known as allergens. Allergy shots will contain just enough allergens to help stimulate the immune system but not enough for you to have a full-blown allergic reaction.
Allergy shots will be provided in the upper arm through an injection. For them to be effective, the allergy shots must be provided on a certain schedule within two phases:
• Build-up phase
• Maintenance phase
Many will not have any issues with the allergy shots, but because they do contain substances that trigger your allergies, reactions are still possible. Some reactions that can occur include:
• Local reactions
Local reactions will involve swelling, redness, and irritation at the injection site. These common reactions will typically begin within a few hours of the injection and will clear up after.
• Systemic reactions
Systemic reactions are still less common but can be quite serious. In these reactions, you can see nasal congestion, sneezing, and hives. The more severe reactions may include wheezing, chest tightness, and swelling.
This is quite rare, but still life-threatening. It can cause low blood pressure, and issues breathing. Anaphylaxis will often begin within 30 minutes of your allergy shot, but can still occur later than that.
Many patients will begin to notice improvements early on with their symptoms. Usually, within several weeks after the allergy shot, they will begin the build-up phase, but it can take as long as 6 to 12 months for the maintenance dose to provide significant improvements.
Your immune system will become stronger by building up immunity after each increase in allergy shot dosage. Your allergy symptoms will diminish over time. If you are interested in allergy shots for your allergies, contact us today to speak to one of our specialists. We are conveniently located at 360 E Medical Center Blvd Suite C Webster TX 77598. For more information, please contact us or schedule an appointment online. We serve patients from Webster TX, Bacliff TX, Dickinson TX, Seabrook TX, League City TX, and Clear Lake City TX.