If you allergic to something, you know what kind of misery it can cause you. You also know that the symptoms, depending on the allergy, can be life-threatening in some instances. Allergic reactions aren’t just limited to cats and dogs. Some people are allergic to pollen from trees, weeds or grass. Still, others might find themselves allergic to household indoor allergens like mold, dust mites and cockroaches. Allergy shots are a form of immunotherapy that can help control and lessen symptoms of allergic reactions.
What is in Allergy Shots?
When you give a person a vaccine, you are providing the body with the tiniest amount of the disease or illness that you are trying to keep them from getting. Once the body recognizes the measles virus, the immune system goes to work to defend the body against this foreign intruder. The result is that, although you don’t get the measles, your body is prepared to fight the virus if you are ever in danger of getting it. The same kind of principle is what makes allergy shots so effective.
Tiny amounts of the exact allergen or allergens you are allergic to is what is contained in an allergy shot, along with other ingredients. The shot will contain just enough of the allergen to trigger the body’s immune system to respond. However, there will not be enough of the allergen to cause an actual allergic reaction and the dangers that can come with it.
Who Benefits the Most?
Our patients who suffer from seasonal allergies tend to appreciate the allergy shots they receive the most. This is because they cannot really escape the pollen they are allergic to. Even limiting themselves to staying inside doesn’t work. Pollen can enter into the house through any tiny opening, including through the air conditioning vent. It’s hard to go about your daily life when there is always an allergic reaction threatening your well-being.
If you have allergens in your home or work environment, you could benefit greatly from receiving allergy shots. You can only do so much to change your work environment, although that can be more easily done at home. You might be allergic to cat or dog hair, but have a dog or cat that you love dearly. Regular allergy shots will keep your body from being offended by your favorite animal’s fur or hair.
How Allergy Shots are Given
Allergy shots are given at regular intervals of time, usually for a period of multiple years. The length of time to be treated and the time in between shots will depend on what you’re allergic to and how severe your reactions are. The shots are given the same way that regular shots are administered.
As your body starts to get used to the allergen, larger amounts of it will be added to the dose. This is actually a good thing. It means your allergic symptoms are less likely to happen.
End your daily struggle with allergic reactions as soon as possible by reaching out to our team at Asthma Allergy Centre and booking an appointment at one of our offices in Newberg, Tigard, Beaverton and McMinnville. Contact us today to set up a consultation.