When you get allergy shots, a tiny quantity of a known allergen is regularly injected into your body. This exposure forces your body to create antibodies that can eventually stop allergic symptoms. Allergy shots essentially prompt your body to increase its innate resistance to known allergens.
Dr. Maheshwari may recommend allergy shots for patients in the following situations:
It depends on the patient, but many patients start to experience relief early in the first phase -- the build-up phase -- of allergy treatment. It may occur after as little as a few weeks but could take 3-6 months. Once the proper dose is determined, you'll transition into a maintenance dose for continued allergy relief.
It's variable, as each patient's allergies and reactions are unique. If allergy shots successfully prevent allergic symptoms, the regimen is typically continued for 3-5 years.
Patients who have long-term allergy shots will usually need shots only once a month. Even when the allergy shots stop, you are likely to have fewer allergies long term.
Although it's possible that the allergy will go away without treatment, it's unlikely. Most patients who suffer from allergies struggle with them for an extended period, and it's not uncommon for untreated allergies to worsen over time instead of going away.
Patients of nearly any age can get allergy shots, from childhood through the senior years. If the allergies are causing problems severe enough to interfere with your daily life, allergy shots may be something to consider regardless of your age.
Have allergy problems and need relief? Dr. Maheshwari is here for you. Make an appointment anytime using the online appointment maker.