What kind of allergies can be treated with allergy shots?

Allergy shots effectively treat most common forms of environmental allergies, such as pollen, dust, molds, insect venom, and pet dander. Allergy shots aren't recommended if you are allergic to latex or certain foods or medications. You may be a candidate for allergy shots if you suffer from seasonal allergies that affect you for more than three months in a year. 

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    How do allergy shots reduce or stop allergic reactions?

    An allergic reaction is your body’s response to a substance it considers to be a threat. Your immune system detects a foreign substance that is typically harmless and produces antibodies against it. These antibodies produce the symptoms of an allergic reaction: itchy or watery eyes, a runny nose, coughing, itchy skin, and so forth. Allergy shots contain a tiny amount of the thing you are allergic to, for instance, pollen or dust. This amount is not sufficient to cause a full allergic reaction, but enough to stimulate an immune response. As this amount is increased, your tolerance to the allergen increases as well. 

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      Don’t let your allergies limit your life.

      Some allergies can restrict your daily activities and significantly impact your quality of life. Do you avoid going outside during the grass pollen season? Do your dust allergies make cleaning your home more of a challenge than it should be? With allergy shots, you aren’t merely suppressing the symptoms of your allergies. You are addressing their root cause. Once your body has built immunity to a specific allergen, you no longer have to go out of your way to avoid it. Allergy shots also help decrease your dependency on oral medications.

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      How many shots will I need?

      You will get shots once or twice weekly when you first begin your treatment. This will continue as the dose of the allergen is increased. Once you reach the maximum dose, also known as maintenance dose, your shots will lessen in frequency until you get about one a month. Depending on your treatment plan, you will continue getting monthly shots for 3-5 years. At SFENTA, we customize all treatment plans to suit your unique needs and circumstances.

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        Do the shots hurt?

        As allergy shots are administered subcutaneously (under the skin), the needles used are very small and thin. The shots aren’t painful, and any discomfort you may experience should be very minimal. Redness or swelling around the injection site are common and should subside on their own after a few hours.

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