How many shots will I need?
You will see your doctor once or twice a week at the beginning of your treatment. At first, your shots will only contain a tiny amount of what you’re allergic to - enough to trigger an immune response but not enough to produce a full-blown allergic reaction. This amount will gradually increase with each injection, building up your body’s tolerance to the substance.
Once you have built up to the maximum dose (also called maintenance dose), your shots will decrease in frequency until you get about one shot per month. Depending on your unique circumstances, these maintenance shots will continue for 3-5 years.
What are the benefits?
One of the main benefits of allergy shots is the long-term relief of allergy symptoms. Instead of merely treating your symptoms, allergy shots address their basic cause and train your body to handle your allergy triggers. Other benefits include:
- Decrease your need for oral medication.
- More affordable long-term. While allergy shots are more expensive than oral medication, in the long run you will save money as you won’t need to get shots forever.
- They can treat multiple allergies at once.
- You don’t have to keep avoiding your triggers. With your new immunity, you no longer need to limit your activities to avoid exposure to certain allergens.