Hablamos Español

Allergy Shots (Immunotherapy)

Don’t just live with your allergies—reduce your sensitivity with immunotherapy

Immunotherapy, also known as allergy shots, has been a reliable and effective means of treating allergies for over 100 years. In fact, the first scientific paper published on this topic appeared in a British medical journal in 1911. Since then many more studies have been done on the effectiveness of immunotherapy, and today we know that this treatment can decrease the severity of allergic reactions significantly, to the point where a formerly allergic individual may no longer have any troubling symptoms.

How Immunotherapy Works

Immunotherapy works on a similar principle as vaccines. Patients are injected with increasing amounts of a specific allergen, and over time the body gains a tolerance to that allergen and stops producing an immune response when confronted with it.

Immunotherapy is administered in two phases: the build-up phase and the maintenance phase. The build-up phase typically lasts for 6 to 9 months, during which time the dosage of the allergen in the shots is gradually increased to the target level. Shots will be given once or twice per week during this phase. Once the target dosage level is reached, the maintenance phase begins. You will have to get shots once or twice per month for up to three to five years. You may see significant improvement after just one year, but if you want to see lasting benefits you must stick with the treatment.

Types of Allergies Treated

Immunotherapy is effective on just about any kind of allergy except for food allergies. We regularly provide immunotherapy for:

Why Choose Us for your Immunotherapy

Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology Medical Group has been specializing in the treatment of allergies and asthma through immunotherapy since 1978. We have the skills, knowledge, and experience needed to correctly establish which allergen is causing you the most trouble, the amount of allergen that should be in each allergy shot, how long to continue treatment, and how to manage allergy symptoms in the meantime. You can rest assured that we will treat you like family and do everything in our power to help you find relief from your allergy symptoms and related conditions, and almost all insurance plans cover the treatment.

Please contact us now to learn more about immunotherapy and its potential to improve your life.

×