Treat the underlying cause of your allergic reactions

An allergic reaction is your immune system’s response to a typically harmless foreign substance. Your body becomes hypersensitive to a particular allergen and begins to produce antibodies that in turn trigger an allergic reaction. 

While oral medications simply treat the symptoms of your allergies, allergy shots address their root cause. With regular shots administered over the course of 3-5 years, you can achieve lasting relief from symptoms such as a runny or blocked nose, red or swollen eyes, an itchy throat, coughing, and itchy skin. 

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Am I a candidate for allergy shots?

If you suffer from seasonal allergies and your symptoms, persist for more than 3 months in a year, or if your allergies are restricting your daily activities, allergy shots may be a suitable treatment method for you. While offering long-term relief from symptoms, they also decrease dependence on oral medications. Allergy shots aren’t recommended if you’re allergic to medications or certain foods. 

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    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.

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    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. 
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      Can children get allergy shots?

      Allergy shots are considered safe for children. However, we recommend that you contact SFENTA for a consultation to find out if allergy shots are the right choice for your child. 

      Are the shots painful?

      No. As allergy shots are administered subcutaneously, the needles used are very short and small. Any discomfort is minimal. 

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      Experience the SFENTA difference

      At South Florida ENT Associates, we always customize our treatment plans to meet your unique needs and goals. We have been providing high-quality service across South Florida for over 30 years. No matter what your symptoms are, we are dedicated to helping you achieve lasting relief. Our providers take the time to fully understand your symptoms and goals and collaborate with you to achieve the best possible outcome. 

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

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