It’s understandable if you are weary of allergy shots, also known as allergen immunotherapy. It is a commitment, but it does work. The process works much like immunization, except it takes more than a single shot. A small amount of your allergen will be injected into your body several times over several months. Eventually you will build a resistance to your allergies.
About Allergy Shots
Allergy shots enable you to regain control of your life. Whether your allergy is year round or seasonal, it can put a serious damper on your day to day life. You almost have to plan your day around your reactions, even avoiding certain areas.
As previously mentioned, allergy shots contain small amounts of what you are allergic to. Each shot you take is increased in potency each time you have the shots. This allows the body to slowly build up an immunization to the allergen. It is advised that you hang around the doctor’s office for 30 minutes after receiving the shot to make sure you won’t react.
How Long Does the Treatment Last?
Allergen immunotherapy takes several years to fully complete. The first six months will be the toughest period. You will be visiting the doctor’s office up to 2 times a week to receive the shots. This is phase one.
Phase two is a more convenient schedule. You may only need to visit the doctor’s office once a month; however, you will require these visits for at least two years before your therapy is complete.
Allergen immunotherapy is so effective because it exposes the body gradually to the allergen, allowing the body to build up a resistance.
Who Is a Candidate?
Anyone who suffers from any type of allergy can benefit from allergy shots. It doesn’t matter if you have a full-time allergy or a seasonal pollen allergy.
Despite being effective against many types of allergens, the therapy is not for everyone. People who have asthma may be disqualified from receiving the therapy. Women who are pregnant are also unable to begin the therapy, but they can continue the therapy if they are in phase two of the treatment when they become pregnant. Certain medications also reduce the effectiveness of the therapy.
Seek a Consultation
At Asthma Allergy Centre, we can determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure or not. Don’t wait another day to begin your allergen immunotherapy. We are conveniently located in Tigard, Beaverton, Newberg, and McMinnville. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!