What are allergy shots?
Immunotherapy is a fancy name for allergy shots. It is the only real cure for allergies. The purpose of immunotherapy is to introduce small levels of an allergen to your body. Over time, your body's response to the allergen will become exhausted, resulting in a resolution of your allergy. Every patient has a unique allergy profile and sensitivity level, therefore, we will create a tailored dose and schedule just for you!
Are allergy shots a solution for me?
If you are allergic to a specific environmental allergen or allergens, you will likely benefit from immunotherapy. In order to determine what you’re allergic to, skin testing will be necessary.
What are the benefits of allergy shots?
The allergy shots are the only treatment that addresses the cause of allergy. Other remedies, such as nasal sprays and oral medications only temporarily treat the symptoms.
By introducing small amounts of the allergen and increasing this exposure over time, the patient will build up tolerance. Most patients will build up enough immunity that they will no longer be bothered by allergens that have affected them for years.
How long does it take for allergy shots to work?
The purpose of allergy shots is to slowly build up immunity to allergy overtime. Because of this, every patient will respond slightly differently. Typically, allergy shots take a few months to become effective. It is important to know that they aren't meant as an immediate or temporary solution. Instead, they are a permanent solution to your allergies that will take effect over time.
What are the risks of allergy shots?
There is a very small risk of severe allergic reactions. At the Sinus Centers of Long Island, we take every precaution to prevent this type of reaction, but they may still occur. For this reason, allergy shots are only given in the office while an MD is present.