After this series of injections, many patients find they have lasting relief from their allergy symptoms, as well as a reduced need for allergy medication. 

How Allergy Shots are Used

An allergy shot is an injection that contains a small amount of the item you are allergic to. This could be allergens such as pollen, dust mites, or bee stings. Your provider will inject your upper arm with the shot once or twice a week, with the dosage gradually increasing. These injections will continue over a period of several months. Over time, the number of injections will decrease and there will be more time between injections. The final stage is to receive a maintenance injection once a month. During the process, you will begin to feel a reduction in your allergy symptoms — or begin to no longer feel them at all.

Conditions Treated by Allergy Shots

Allergy shots are used for specific types of allergies; primary environmental allergies. They cannot be used to treat food allergies or allergies to medication. Some allergens that can be used include:

  • Pollen
  • Pet dander
  • Dust mites
  • Mold
  • Bee venom
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Benefits of Allergy Shots

Environmental allergies can impact your quality of life. They can stop you from going outside or visiting certain places, and pollen can make it challenging to do numerous activities. Allergy shots can put you back in the driver’s seat by reducing or eliminating your allergy symptoms. 

About SFENTA

SFENTA is one of South Florida’s top-rated providers for allergy care. When you visit our offices, you’ll find the latest in ENT care and a network of specialists unlike any other. Our staff has been working with patients for over three decades to help them achieve long-term relief. We’ve made it our goal to provide each patient with:

Patient-Centered Care

Our providers will take the time to listen to your concerns and carefully develop a customized treatment plan to address your unique symptoms.

Continuity of Care

We believe in finding long-term relief for our patients, not a short-term solution to the problem.

A Network of Highly Trained Physicians

With a team of over 50 board-certified physicians, we’ve built an unrivaled provider network that thrives on internal collaboration.

The Security of a Community Staple

With over 30 locations across South Florida, you can rest easy knowing we’re always nearby.

Who is a Candidate for Allergy Shots?

A SFENTA provider can determine if you would be a good candidate for allergy shots. During your visit to SFENTA, a specialist will review your allergy symptoms and medical history to recommend the best course of treatment.

Most candidates are patients with chronic allergies whose symptoms last for three months or more each year. The treatment can only accommodate specific types of allergies including pollen, dust, and mold.

Patients who are interested in allergy shots should also be able to commit to long-term treatment in order to achieve the best possible results.

Your Treatment

Allergy shots work in stages and begin with injections once or twice a week (for several weeks). Your tolerance to the allergen will continue to grow and the dosage will gradually increase. As you continue with the treatment, you will require injections less often — starting at every 2 to 4 weeks, and then just once a month. During the process, you will experience a continuous improvement in your symptoms. Over time, they may even disappear completely. Some patients experience minor side effects from the injections such as redness or swelling. 

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Allergy Shots FAQs

Do I need to complete the entire treatment course, or can I just get a single shot?

Patients should finish the treatment in order to see the best possible results. While you may experience some relief after the first few injections, it will take more to build up a lasting tolerance.

Are there any side effects of allergy shots?

Patients may experience some side effects from the injections such as redness or swelling in the area.

Does SFENTA accept insurance?

Yes. SFENTA accepts most forms of insurance. Please contact our office for more information on the types of insurance we accept and the treatments that are covered.

With 37 convenient locations across the South Florida area, we’re never far away.

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